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MLS Creating Competitive Esports League Through EA Sports' "FIFA 18" Title

MLS is creating a competitive league within EA Sports’ "FIFA 18," its first league-wide push into esports. The league, which will be called eMLS, will see 19 of the league’s 23 clubs participating, each selecting a player from their region to represent it in competitive play. The teams not participating at the outset are the Atlanta United, DC United, LAFC and Real Salt Lake. Players representing each club will compete against each other to represent the league in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup '18, the competitive global competition launched last fall. The competition will culminate in the first ever FIFA eWorld Cup '18 Grand Final, with a winner crowned in August. eMLS will feature MLS’ newly launched competitive event that it is calling eMLS Cup, where the winner will be given an automatic berth in that EA Sports global series playoffs. The eMLS Cup will be held in April at gaming convention PAX East in Boston. MLS will announce further details on eMLS and eMLS Cup in the coming weeks, while MLS teams will begin to announce details on player signings or how they will be conducting that search in the coming weeks. NYCFC was the first MLS team to sign an esports player last year, doubling down on that in the fall by signing a second.

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