FILE PHOTO: A player holds his gaming controller as he competes in the FIFA 2018 eClub World Cup qualifiers in Paris, France, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo
(Reuters) – FIFA announced on Wednesday that its eClub World Cup will take place in Milan from Feb. 7-9 after 24 teams secured qualification through five rounds of online matches.
The competition, in its fourth edition, will see the world’s best teams compete in one-on-one and two-on-two contests on U.S.-based company EA Sports’ FIFA 20 video game.
Italian sides Mkers, AS Roma and Team QLASH will enjoy home support against 21 other teams from round the world, including teams representing major soccer clubs: Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City, Austria Wien, Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Basel.
“We are proud that over 190 teams from all over the world took part in this season’s qualification,” Adrian Rolli, head of eFootball at FIFA, said in a statement here
“The introduction of team-based 2v2 matches showed a new level of excitement and competitiveness at last year’s event and will undoubtedly spark huge emotions at this year’s tournament as well.”
The event will offer a total prize pool of $100,000 and a chance to earn Global Series Rankings points that will help players qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup in July.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne