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Major League Soccer announces new competitive gaming league ‘eMLS’

By Community | January 15, 2018

Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced the creation of eMLS – a new competitive esports league – for EA SPORTS FIFA 18.

eMLS will pit the best FIFA 18 players from the US and Canada, representing MLS clubs, against each other to determine who will represent the league in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.

“We’re honored to partner with MLS within the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series as we continue to help grow competitive gaming and soccer in North America,” said Todd Sitrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Competitive Gaming Division at EA.

“We engage millions of soccer fans daily through FIFA and attract many more who view our competitions around the world. With the eMLS we accelerate our growth as players compete on the road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.”

19 MLS clubs will participate in eMLS with each club set to pursue its own process to select a player from its region to represent it in eMLS competitive play.

Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures, added: “This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA SPORTS to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the world.”

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