Major League Soccer is following in the footsteps of the National Basketball Association with its own esports league.
North America's most prestigious soccer competition, Major League Soccer, is joining the trend of national soccer leagues launching their own Federation Internationale de Football Association esports competitions. Those teams will also be responsible for selecting local talent to represent the team in the eMLS.
Competition to make eMLS will be fierce, as each of the aforementioned clubs will field an esports squad of just one professional gamer to represent it in the Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 league. Asked for details, an MLS spokesperson told Polygon that "some teams may choose to have multiple players represent them", although clubs can send only one player to eMLS events. Do you have the skills to compete for your team in the eMLS?
The NBA has already started qualifying for gamers hoping to be part of the NBA 2K League when it tips off in May. An eMLS rep was unable to comment on this aspect of the league by press time.
The teams, including Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, will pit their own pro gamers against each other to determine an eMLS champion who will then represent the North American league in the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs leading to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in August.
The FIFA eWorld Cup is the conclusion of the FIFA 18 Global Series tournament, an expansion of the long-running annual esports competitions in EA's FIFA franchise.
Holly is already on his way, having qualified for the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Cup on January 26-28 in Barcelona, Spain, where the top eight finishers will advance to the June playoffs. They will each recruit a player from their region and compete for the trophy in April, during the PAX East gaming convention, in Boston.
"We are excited to unveil eMLS", Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures said in a news release.
Last year, the NBA announced its own esports league, the new NBA 2K League, in partnership with Take Two Interactive, makers of the popular NBA 2K video game.