Ligue 1 and EA Sports join forces for eSports competition

October 19, 2016

The French football league, link Ligue 1, and Electronic Arts’ EA Sports have announced they are to launch a joint nationwide eSports tournament featuring all of the top 20 French football clubs.

The competition is to be a FIFA17 tournament, open to professional football players. It will be split into a winter session in November and January and a a spring session in February and March, with playoffs scheduled to take place in May. The winner of the playoffs will enter the European League, followed by the world finals. 

This agreement between a sports institution and a video game publisher is a great first in French and European sport,” said the French league’s executive general manager Didier Quillot. “Esports is growing in value and becoming a real market in terms of media rights, sponsorship, ticketing and merchandising.”

For Electronic Arts, the creation of e-Ligue 1 is a great opportunity to enhance our competitive gaming approach,” said EA Sports’ general manager for France and Benelux, Dominique Horn.

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