Canadian Premier League taps EA for new esports tournament

Canadian Premier League taps EA for new esports tournament
The Canadian Premier League (CPL) has struck a deal with computer games publisher Electronic Arts (EA) to launch its first esports tournament, the eCanadian Premier League (eCPL).

Each of the soccer league’s eight teams will participate in the competition, including Atletico Ottawa, the newly formed expansion franchise owned by Spanish club Atletico Madrid.

The CPL becomes the latest league partner of the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, with play commencing on 29th February and concluding on 9th May with the eCPL Final. The gaming competition will be operated by esports tournament organisers Northern Arena.

The final will take place in Toronto and be broadcast live by the CPL’s global media rights partner, OneSoccer, as well as by Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch.

The CPL’s Commissioner, David Clanachan, said: “Partnering with EA for the first all-Canadian eCPL league is another proud moment for us.

“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.”

The inaugural eCPL champion will win CAD$10,000 (US$7,600) and the chance to participate in EA Sports’ FIFA Global Series.

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