Electronic Arts has announced an enhanced, reimagined FIFA 23 esports program.
The main feature is the first-ever EA SPORTS Cup.
Players representing the world’s top esports organizations and professional football clubs will compete in 2v2 competition through three months of fixtures, commencing on Monday, 17 October.
Up for the Cup
Ajax, Atlanta United, Blue United, Complexity Gaming, DUX Gaming, EXCEL, Team Falcons, Fnatic, FOKUS, Team FUTWIZ, Guild Esports, Team Heretics, Manchester City, MGCF, MKERS, PSG, RBLZ Gaming, Riders, SPQR and TG.NIP are the teams participating in the EA Sports Cup.
The EA Sports Cup will climax on 16-21 January, where the champion will be crowned, and two teams will advance to the FIFAe Club World Cup 2023.
Brent Koning, VP of EA Esports said: “Backed by the support of world-class esports organizations and football clubs, the first-ever EA SPORTS Cup is an EA SPORTS FIFA 23 Global Series (FGS 23) monumental moment.
“The allure of competition combined with dynamic storytelling unfolding on the pitch will create must-watch entertainment and motivate the masses to start their own competitive journeys in EA SPORTS FIFA 23.”
Giving us more
The EA SPORTS Cup is just one piece of the FIFA 23 Global Series, with this season’s competitive season providing a robust tournament structure for players in 70 nations to become their own champion.
Traditional 1v1 competition returns as all will compete on the Road to the FIFAe World Cup 2023 presented by EA SPORTS. Online 1v1 competition started with the launch of the EA SPORTS FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition’s September 27 worldwide release. Spanning the next ten months, competitors will participate in a multitude of 1v1 tournaments.
The journey begins in FUT Division Rivals on September 27 with top performers advancing to one of nine FGS Regional Online Qualifiers
The FGS 23 Midseason Major welcomes all eligible players to compete in a massive open bracket in-person in London, England on the weekend of 7 April 2023
Another path to glory includes competing in an official tournament organized by one of the world’s top football leagues and confederations. More than 30 football league partners and confederations will hold tournaments, giving competitors the opportunity to represent their favourite football club. The biggest and best football esports tournaments are returning as part of FGS 23, including the ePremier League, Virtual Bundesliga, eLaLiga Santander, eLigue 1 Uber Eats, eMLS, eSerie A TIM, KPN eDivisie, CONMEBOL eLibertadores, and the eChampions League. The remaining football league partners will be announced very soon.
The top 64 FGS 23 performers, qualifying through either FGS Regional Qualifiers or football league partner successes, will clash at the FGS Playoffs on 23-25 June
EA SPORTS FIFA 23 esports competition concludes at the FIFAe World Cup 2023™ in late summer 2023. The top 24 FGS Playoffs performers representing FGS 23’s top stars will compete at the FIFAe World Cup 2023™ where only one will be named world champion.
"When you combine star power with a robust ecosystem giving players around the world the opportunity to become the next big thing, this is confidently the biggest year in franchise history."
Sam Turkbas, EA SPORTS FIFA Esports Commissioner
Sam Turkbas, EA SPORTS FIFA Esports Commissioner said: “The FGS’s collection of the world’s top stars, top esports organizations, top football clubs, leagues and confederations will showcase the next generation of esports on the Road to the FIFAe World Cup 2023.
“Now when you combine the star power with a robust ecosystem giving players around the world the opportunity to become the next big thing, this is confidently the biggest year in franchise history.”
The FGS 23 online qualifiers and majors are officially presented by PlayStation and will exclusively be played on the PlayStation®5 consoles.