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Toronto, ON – February 14, 2020 – Today, the Canadian Premier League and Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announce the inaugural eCanadian Premier League (eCPL) tournament, offering Canadians the chance to compete for and represent their favourite CPL Club for the first time ever in competitive gaming.
All eight CPL clubs are represented in the tournament, giving players the chance to live their dream of winning a title for their favourite club. The eCPL Final will be played in Toronto, ON on May 9, 2020 and broadcast live on OneSoccer and Twitch. It is the newest league partner and first Canadian league to be added to the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 20 Global Series.
“Partnering with EA for the first all-Canadian eCPL league is another proud moment for us,” said David Clanachan, Commissioner, CPL. “Reaching the global audience through FIFA gamers and the Esports competition is an incredible opportunity for us and in line with our mission to develop good young Canadian players and open the doors of opportunities in the world of professional football – we see this competition as an extension of that and can’t wait too kick-off on February 29.”
The eCPL competitive gaming tournament on EA SPORTS FIFA 20 kicks off on February 29 and will be available on PlayStation®4. Players will compete across eight online club qualification weekends and eight live city qualifiers. The 16 Esports players from across the nation that secure a qualification birth will travel to Toronto to compete in the eCPL Final presented by OneSoccer.
Winnipeg’s live city qualification event will take place March 21 (registration opens March 6) and the online qualification weekend will take place March 28-29 (registration opens March 13). The winners will represented the Club at the eCPL Final. Registrations for the tournament will open on February 15, 2020.
“The EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series is the Esport for the world’s game and we are pleased to bring league competition to Canada, one of our most important markets,” said Sam Turkbas FIFA Competitive Gaming Deputy Commissioner. “We look forward to reaching Canadian competitors and fans around the world through esports with the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series and eCPL League.”
Performing well in the eCPL will also earn players the bonus of valuable season-long EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Points used to qualify for the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs.
The eCPL will be operated by Esports tournament organisers Northern Arena. Visit www.ecpl.gg for more information and visit the Official Rules.
eCanadian Premier League Tournament Key Dates:
- February 15, 2020
- February 29 to April 26
- February 29 to April 26
Live Club Qualifiers
- May 9, 2020
Further tournament details including registration information will be released in the coming months.
About Canadian Premier League
Canadian Premier League (CPL) is a Canadian professional men’s soccer league that debuted on April 27, 2019. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast. For updates and more information, please go to CanPL.ca.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company develops and delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices and personal computers.
In fiscal year 2019, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.95 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality brands such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall™ and Plants vs. Zombies™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.
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