It looks like esports just got another big win under its belt. Major League Soccer has officially announced as of Jan. 12 that it will be partnering with EA Sports to create its own esports league. The league, named eMLS, will be tied to the upcoming EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs.
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. These players will then all face off in the eMLS Cup at PAX East. Whoever wins among those 19 will be guaranteed a spot in the FIFA 18 Global Series playoffs and can compete for a chance to move on to the FIFA eWorld Cup.
This comes right after the Overwatch League and its major success this week, representing yet another big step for esports and competitive gaming as a whole. Though that being said there is still much about the eMLS that remains unclear. Such as what kind if, if any, salaries or benefits these players might have. Also little to no word on how prevalent eMLS will be going forward beyond the Global Series.
In a statement, BLS Business Ventures president Gary Stevenson said:
“This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA Sports to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the world,”