EMLS: Competitive gaming comes to MLS

EMLS: Competitive gaming comes to MLS

EMLS: Competitive gaming comes to MLS

MLS will engage fans of participating MLS teams to follow along as players are recruited and compete for the eMLS Cup in April at gaming festival PAX East in Boston.

Known as eMLS, the league will resemble esports organizations like the National Basketball Association 2K League in that its competitors will represent real-life sports teams. Those gamers will compete in the eMLS Cup, which will take place during PAX East in April, and the victor will then go on to the Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 Global Series and have a chance to play in the Federation Internationale de Football Association eWorld Cup.

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"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", Todd Sitrin, the senior vice president and general manager of the competitive gaming division at EA, said in a press statement.

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Every team will have their own process to select a representative for the eMLS Cup tournament.

"Last year, I clearly showed that the Americans can compete against the Europeans, and this year, I'm looking forward to taking it one step further and win", he said. Asked for details, an MLS spokesperson told Polygon that "some teams may choose to have multiple players represent them", although clubs can send only one player to eMLS events.

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The Major League Soccer has 23 teams - 20 from United States and 3 from Canada but only 19 teams are taking part in the eMLS Cup. The eMLS Cup, taking place this April at PAX East in Boston, will help determine the victor. The league, named eMLS, will be tied to the upcoming EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs. Such as what kind if, if any, salaries or benefits these players might have. In the USA, the NFL is in its first season of the Madden NFL Club Championship and the National Basketball Association later this season will launch the National Basketball Association 2K League - both involving major sports video game titles.

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