Electronic Arts and FIFA announced that the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series this year generated more than 680 million viewership minutes, for a markup of 60% over last year with 61 million total views, a 25% rise. Viewership growth was anchored by 17 official league partners, up over eight a year ago, the first-ever eChampions League and the introduction of the FIFA eNations Cup.
“We’re thrilled to see a global community rally around the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series in such monumental ways,” said Brent Koning, FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner. “Our partnerships with FIFA, UEFA and 17 world-class football leagues elevates our connection to the traditional sport driving unprecedented player and spectator engagement. Now, we watch the top 120 players that qualified for the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs compete in pursuit of becoming world champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.”
FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs starts first with the Xbox ladder on July 5-7 in Hamburg, Germany with the PlayStation 4®bracket occurring July 12-14 in Berlin, Germany. The top 120 EA SPORTS FIFA 19 players in the world will advance from the playoffs to the pinnacle – the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.
“The continuous increase in viewership underlines the huge interest in competitive FIFA and the importance of eSports in the ongoing growth of football across the world.”, said Christian Volk, Director eFootball & Gaming at FIFA. “We are looking forward to welcoming the best 32 EA SPORTS FIFA 19 players to the FIFA eWorld Cup this summer and crowning the ultimate champion of this record-breaking season.“