The North American football league, Major League Soccer has announced that it is teaming up with EA Sports and FIFA 18 to create a new eSports league. Each team will have their own FIFA player that will represent them in the league they are calling the eMLS.
MLS Business Ventures President and Managing Director, Gary Stevenson.said in the announcement
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 millions of FIFA players around the world.
eMLS will pit the best FIFA 18 players from the U.S. 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.
The inaugural edition of the eMLS Cup will take place at PAX East in April and will see the best players determined by the outcome of the US and Canada qualifiers to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs. The best players will go on to represent their team at the FIFA eWorld Cup in August 2018.
The structure and player rosters for the eMLS will be announced over the coming weeks ahead of the kickoff at PAX East. However, we know that 19 out of the MLS’ 23 clubs will be taking part. Those teams taking part are the Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.