The FIFA eWorld Cup 2019, odds are you do not know about this exciting eSports Tournament but you should as the major event hosted at The O2 in London garnered 47 million views across online platforms. The record viewership numbers saw an increase of 60 percent more than the 29 million that watched the popular three-day event last year. The EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 Global Series 2019/2018 season counted a whopping 140 million views since October of 2018. To top it all off, 21 broadcasters in more than 75 territories worldwide delivered the FIFA eWorld Cup™ Grand Final match. The Sports Techie community blog believes video games and gaming are a type of sport. These kinds of numbers only back up that growing sentiment. FIFA and EA Sports are using sports tech to push eSports digital championships to new levels.
There Can Be Only One
In addition to 17 worldwide league partners, streaming in six languages for the first time including Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and the renowned riverside arena packed with giddy video game fans; new events added to the Global Series included the FIFA eNations Cup™ and the eChampions League as well as new worldwide happenings that often involved live music, all helped create additional global and local hype for the one and only, FIFA eWorld Cup™ 2019.
Luis Vicente, Chief Digital Transformation and Innovation Officer at FIFA said, “The FIFA eWorld Cup™ 2019 showcased once more the growing interest in competitive FIFA and the huge potential for both viewership and on-site live audiences. Surpassing 100 million views across the season is another record milestone for us and our partner EA SPORTS™. With the newly introduced event structure and rankings this season, the competition level at the FIFA eWorld Cup™ was the most competitive we’ve ever seen.”
The top FIFA 19 players converged in the UK to see who the best player around the world is. The new FIFA eWorld Cup™ Champion 2019 was Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous hailing from Germany. MoAuba defeated last year’s Grand Final champion on the Xbox for the first leg and the PS4 on the second leg, 3-2 on aggregate. His coveted eSport crown won him the grand prize of $250,000. He also received a well-earned, exclusive invitation to The Best FIFA Football Awards™ in Milan on September 23.
Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM, EA Competitive Gaming Division, said, “Competitive FIFA viewership growth has skyrocketed. This growth was fuelled by an expanded EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 Global Series which now includes millions of competitors, 17 football league partners hosting top-flight leagues, and dozens of licensed events being executed throughout the year. We’re very happy with the results and the fact that the eSports industry has recognized this franchise as a tier one eSport.”
Sports Techie, the fan experience was enhanced for the FIFA eWorld Cup and it paid off with record views across the internet on smart TVs, digital devices and computers, gaming consoles and FIFATV.
Vicente added, “With a 60 percent year-on-year increase in viewership, the new elements added to the FIFA eWorld Cup™ 2019 like the on-site production in six languages and live music acts complemented another record-breaking event, resulting in a unique and exciting live experience for fans at The O2 in London, as well as an enhanced livestream experience for viewers on FIFA’s digital channels.”
This makes you wonder what the 2019/20 EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 Global Series has cooking as their digital teams attempt to reach another record of 100 million soccer gaming viewers.
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