The Premier League partnering with Tencent Sports, Tencent Gaming and EA SPORTS to take its sports simulation esports competition, the ePremier League, to China.
This is the first time ePremier League event to be staged outside of the United Kingdom. This tournament will commence on April 28th and takes place on EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4.
The ePremier League event will see ‘some of the best Chinese gamers’ from FIFA Online 4, Content Creators and Influencers, represent all 20 Premier League clubs. This tournament will be streamed live by Tencent across China.
Commercial Director for the Premier League, Will Brass commented – “The EA SPORTS FIFA Online 4 video game series is one of the key channels through which fans in Asia can engage with Premier League clubs and players.
“After three successful ePremier League season in the UK, it is exciting to now be able to take this overseas for the first time and particularly to China – a hotbed for gaming and football.”
All Premier League clubs will be divided into four groups of five teams. The winners of each group will advance to the knockout stage. Although the group-stage matches will be played online, the knockout matches are expected to occur at a LAN event in Wisdom Bay, Shanghai. The knockouts are scheduled on May 14th.
The Chinese ePremier League event will look to complement its digital offerings in the country. As well as being broadcast on Tencent, the esports tournament be available on Huya, Douyu and Yizhibo.