Major League Soccer Launches FIFA 18 Esports League

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But if a player were to fall early in competition at eMLS, nothing would stop them from competing independently in an effort to qualify via FIFA Ultimate Team events. The 19 teams that will feature at the eMLS Cup are - Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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.

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Major League Soccer is joining the esports movement, announcing on Friday its partnership with EA Sports to create eMLS, a competitive Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 league that will feature top players from the USA and Canada.

Further details on the eMLS league's structure and player signings will be revealed in the coming weeks, but at least one MLS club has already gotten started. Such as what kind if, if any, salaries or benefits these players might have. The eMLS field will fight it out in the league's own headlining event, the eMLS Cup, which is scheduled to take place during PAX East 2018 in April.

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Major League Soccer unveiled part of its esports blueprint Friday, with 19 clubs looking to face off to decide the best "FIFA 18" video gamer in North America. That event will determine the USA and Canada qualifiers to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs for a berth to August's FIFA eWorld Cup, which was recently announced. Also little to no word on how prevalent eMLS will be going forward beyond the Global Series.

EA has already had great success with its competitive "Madden NFL" series, with its gaming circuit boasting a purse of US$1.153 million.

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