By Jason Parker
January 16, 2020
Yesterday, we learned thanks to Electronic Arts (EA) and FIFA, that their FIFA eClub World Cup 2020 will have a gorgeous international tournament ground. From February 7-9, Milan, Italy, will be the host of this intense esports tournament.
Italy is undoubtedly a soccer-mad country and previous iterations of the tournament held in equally rabid London and Paris. But it’s time for Milan to play host to some of the best digital soccer players in the world.
Five weeks of competition have brought what was 190 teams down to the world’s best clubs. Twenty-four clubs will do battle for their share of $100,000 and Global Series Points. Those points are crucial for qualification for end-of-season FIFA eWorld Cup action.
Some of the biggest names in esports are taking part and have made it far. Names like FaZe Clan, Mkers and Fnatic will join some huge names in esports soccer clubs. Manchester City Esports, AS Roma and FC Basel 1893 Esports are also taking the digital field.
However, we did hear that Brøndby Esport sadly, did not cut it. The two-time champions did not qualify for the first time in the FIFA eWorld Cup history. The game’s biggest players will also be there. Last year’s winner, Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt of Fnatic, returns, having ditched Nicolas “Nicolas99FC” Villalba in favor of Tom Leese of Hashtag United.
Diego “Crazy” Campagnani of Team QLASH is looking towards the ultimate price, as the top-ranked PlayStation player. The 2017 FIFA eWorld Cup winner Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing, signed to NEO recently, will take a stand.
This unique FIFA event will have teams and orgs, sending two representatives to the event. The pair will act as a team for this 2v2 tournament. It’s interesting because 2v2 is not seen in other FIFA events.
Adrian Rölli, Head of eFootball at FIFA thinks this will give the FIFA eWorld Cup an edge over other soccer esports:
“The introduction of team-based 2v2 matches showed a new level of excitement and competitiveness at last year’s event and will undoubtedly spark huge emotions at this year’s tournament as well.”
2v2 is incredibly competitive and requires synergy, teamwork and solid communication. Players can go alone and show their skills, but nothing like playing in a 2v2 or 3v3 situation. If you can’t work well with others, you can’t conquer the tournament, which is excellent, because soccer itself is a team sport. What’s the point of playing in an esport of a team game, when you aren’t working with at least one other player?
Milan is the perfect place for this kind of tournament. I hope they have a packed venue, even if I’m not a fan of soccer. But if you’re curious about the schedule, we have it below: