MLS announces competitive Federation Internationale de Football Association esports league with EA Sports


MLS announced Friday the creation of "eMLS", a new competitive gaming league organized in partnership with EA Sports.

Major League Soccer is following in the footsteps of the National Basketball Association with its own esports league.

The teams will use their own process to select a player. Though that being said there is still much about the eMLS that remains unclear.

FIFA is one of the most widely played e-sports game in the world and MLS' association with EA Sports will help them in gaining a mainstream popularity amongst the FIFA players.

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There's no word on whether eMLS pros are being set up as full-time jobs, like spots in the National Basketball Association 2K League or Overwatch League. There's also no word of if these eMLS pros will receive full-time salaries and benefits, like players in the National Basketball Association 2K League or the new Overwatch League do. It will also serve as the qualifier for the Canadian and USA representatives for the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.

The best 19 players from the United States and Canada will compete in the inaugural eMLS Cup to determine who will take part in the EA Sports Global Series Playoffs, and on to an eWorld Cup.

MLS, the top level of professional soccer in the USA and Canada, joins Australia's A-League as real-world leagues that have pledged to create esports counterparts for the road to the Federation Internationale de Football Association eWorld Cup. Also little to no word on how prevalent eMLS will be going forward beyond the Global Series. Details on the league's format aren't available yet; MLS said it will provide further information on how to qualify and compete later.

eMLS will feature 19 of the 23 MLS clubs and will have each real-world team pick a professional gamer to represent them in the competition.