In what is being seen by many as a major move into the sports sim esports scene, BLAST have announced that they have agreed a deal to produce the 2021/22 ePremier League season.
The tournament is based on the current Premier League and Electronic Arts seminal football title FIFA (with the FiFA 22 version being used for this particular event).
All 20 Premier League teams will be represented in the FIFA event, with nominated representatives from each of the clubs competing for a share of a £100,000 prize pool, which is evenly split across the PlayStation 5 and Xbox editions.
Significant Move For FIFA Esports
Given that BLAST is a name that has become synonymous with quality gaming experiences and tournaments, predominantly in CSGO esports, this announcement by BLAST has been seen as a very significant move for the FIFA esports industry.
Events such as the BLAST Premier 2022 are some of the biggest events in the CSGO industry and there is no doubt that BLAST’s reputation in terms of hosting, developing and presenting these tournaments has helped them grow enormously in popularity.
New Online Format
As part of BLAST’s role to produce the ePremier League this year, the company has announced a brand-new online format and it has put together plans for what it terms to be an “elevated live event experience”. Which will incorporate both those players in the tournament, and the myriad of fans tuning in to watch the ePremier League Grand Final.
That final will take place on the weekend of March 26th and 27th.
The news isn’t as unexpected as it might have been. Last year, EA Sports drove through a number of significant alterations to the FIFA 22 esports ecosystem.
Now, FIFA esports has just three major competitions of focus, the FIFAe Club Series 2022, the FIFAe Nations Series 2022 and the EA Sports FIFA 22 Global Series.
The ePremier League is just one of many events that make up the Global Series.
It certainly seems that BLAST have been brought in to help raise the profile of FIFA-based esports around the globe, starting with one of its most recognisable and familiar titles.
It is also a good move for BLAST too, who have moved from focusing solely on CSGO events to broadening their scope to include other esports titles.
The company has recently expanded into titles such as Apex Legends as well as Fortnite.
“Excited At The Prospects”
Speaking about the deal, BLAST’s M.D. of Development, Leo Matlock, commented:
“We’re thrilled to team up with the world’s most renowned football league, and help them create, develop and deliver this season’s ePremier League.”
“We’re excited at the prospect of engaging with fans from all 20 clubs as they compete to represent their favourite team at the live Grand Finals.”
It certainly looks like being a busy few months for BLAST as they work with the ePremier League to organise the qualifiers for the Grand Final later in March.