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Posted on 2nd Jul 2016
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EA Sports chooses a path forward with eSports

Sport Techie by Manny Anekal

Recently at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual gaming conference in Los Angeles, EA finally unveiled their strategy on eSports. Not surprisingly, it will focus on Madden, FIFA, and Battlefield 1 (BF1) — and shockingly not Titanfall 2 ,  but that’s probably as the game was just revealed and EA is focusing on BF1 as the lead first-person shooter title.

The overall details were not announced but focused on the launch of the Madden 17 championship spanning four majors with a $1 million prize pool. That’s pretty significant for the first major foray into eSports, although these types of Madden events on smaller scale have happened for a while.

What’s interesting is the three-tier structure of EA eSports. Here’s how it’s made up:

Challenger: Community-focused competitions. EA will work with gamers to start their own tournaments.
Premier: Large-scale events that EA will host in partnership with other companies.
EA Majors: Highest level with regional and world champions

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