Published on March 18th, 2022 | by Adrian Gunning
THE E-LEAGUE IS BACK AND WANTS YOU TO BE ITS NEXT BIG ESPORTS STAR
The E-League competition is back, bigger and better than ever.
The A-Leagues bring you a fresh new look and a revved-up format, sure to excite EA SPORTS FIFA 22 players everywhere.
In a first for the competition, any eligible EA SPORTS FIFA 22 player can now enter, for the chance to call themselves Australia and New Zealand’s best, and make it all the way to the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs.
Brought to you by A-Leagues, the E-League is an Official League Qualifying Partner of EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series.
The A-Leagues have partnered with the teams at eGEN esports and Disorder Media House (DMH) to produce and deliver a world-class E-League tournament in 2022.
“The build up to the E-League Finals in May starts now, with the best EA SPORTS FIFA 22 players in the country getting ready to don their A-League club shirt, excite their fans and compete for glory,” said A-Leagues Chief Commercial Officer Ant Hearne.
“For the first time in the competition’s history we are running a Path to E-League tournament for any eligible EA SPORTS FIFA 22 player to try and get a slot in the E-League Finals, compete against the best in Australia and New Zealand, and star in the region’s biggest FIFA event.
“EA SPORTS and FIFA 22 are a major part of the football fan journey and at A-Leagues we see great potential in the E-League to connect Football directly to the fan, wherever that fan may be, with entertainment & fan obsession at our core.”
eGEN Founder Brad Timmins said: “eGEN is delighted to be working with the A-Leagues on their gaming & esports strategy. “The E-League has delivered high tier FIFA for the professional esports scene over the last 4 years, and we are excited to be helping take this franchise to the next level.
“There is a clear opportunity for the E-League to be for all forms of gamers from amateurs to the pro leagues, similar to the way that the A-Leagues look at fan bases in all forms of football.
“eGEN is working closely with the A-Leagues, DMH and our respective partners on delivering one of the best FIFA leagues in the region.”
Disorder Media House (DMH) Chief Executive Officer Marc Edwards said: “We are excited to be partnering with the A-Leagues to bring operational excellence in gaming production and broadcast to the E-League across Oceania.
“DMH has a rich history in Oceania esports through our professional team ORDER, and collectively with eGEN, we look forward to building an ecosystem that gives players more opportunities to compete, brings fans closer to the action, and supports a deeper engagement with football’s next generation.”
Players will battle it out over four days between March 29 and April 6, with a handful of qualifiers being considered for spots with A-League clubs in the E-League Group Stages in early May.
In this way, the E-League in 2022 is marrying the best EA SPORTS FIFA Pro Players with selected Path to E-League qualifiers from across Australia and New Zealand to compete for the E-League Finals at the end of May.
The top two players in the E-League Finals will qualify to represent their A-Leagues club and country in the EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs.
All of which is exciting E-League and FIFAe Commentator Nate Patrick:
“This season, the focus is firmly on the players – new and old. The Path to E-League tournament enables any aspiring gamer from our region to live out their dream, and play against their idols in front of the whole world.
“The competition for EA SPORTS FIFA 22 Global Series Playoffs spots has never been this intense. Between returning veterans, new heroes, and undiscovered talent, there is no doubt that this will be the most competitive year of E-League yet.”
In another first, this year’s competition will be run exclusively on PlayStation®.
Entries for the Path to E-League tournament are open now and the competition kicks off on Tuesday 29th March, so don’t miss out. Get yourself entered, spread the word.
Players can register for the Path to E-League 2022 event directly via their PS4 console by heading to the ‘Events’ menu and selecting ‘Tournaments’.
Players will then need to link their ESL account to their PlayStation Network account. If they don’t have an existing ESL account, they can create a new one all on the console.
To be eligible for the Path to E-League and main E-League competition players must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia and New Zealand, and a minimum of 16 years of age.
A full set of rules will be made available in the registration process.
Go to keepup.com.au/news/e-league, home of the E-League for more information.
A-Leagues commercial partners McDonald’s, Isuzu UTE Australia, Liberty Financial and NEDS share our excitement about the competition and are supporting as proud partners of E-League 2022.