Electronic Arts Inc. announced an enhanced, reimagined EA SPORTS FIFA 23 competitive gaming programme showcasing the future of football esports.
Headlining the ecosystem enhancement is the first-ever EA SPORTS Cup. Starting October 17th, players representing esports organisations and traditional football clubs will compete in 2v2 competitions across three months of fixtures.
Manchester City Esports, Paris Saint-Germain Esports, Fnatic and Complexity, amongst others, are set to compete in the EA SPORTS Cup, which culminates January 16-21. The Cup will crown a champion and determine two teams to advance to the FIFAe Club World Cup 2023.
1v1 competition will also return via the Road to the FIFAe World Cup 2023, starting with EA SPORTS FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition’s September 27th worldwide release.
In addition, over 30 football league partners and confederations will hold tournaments as part of FGS 2023, including the ePremier League, Virtual Bundesliga, eLaLiga Santander, eLigue 1 Uber Eats, eMLS, eSerie A TIM, KPN eDivisie, CONMEBOL eLibertadores and the eChampions League.
The FGS 2023 online qualifiers and majors are officially presented by PlayStation. Similar to last year’s FGS season, FGS 2023 will be played exclusively on Playstation 5 consoles.
“Backed by the support of world-class esports organizations and football clubs, the first-ever EA SPORTS Cup is an EA SPORTS FIFA 23 Global Series (FGS 23) monumental moment. The allure of competition combined with dynamic storytelling unfolding on the pitch will create must-watch entertainment and motivate the masses to start their own competitive journeys in EA SPORTS FIFA 23,” Brent Koning, VP of EA Esports, said.
“The FGS’s collection of the world’s top stars, top esports organizations, top football clubs, leagues and confederations will showcase the next generation of esports on the Road to the FIFAe World Cup 2023. Now when you combine the star power with a robust ecosystem giving players around the world the opportunity to become the next big thing, this is confidently the biggest year in franchise history,” Sam Turkbas, EA SPORTS FIFA Esports Commissioner, said.