FIFA 21 ePremier League – How to represent your club and win a share of £40,000
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The ePremier League is back, with UK-based players able to represent their favourite clubs on FIFA 21 to win a share of £40,000.
The virtual version of the Premier League, played on FIFA 21, is back for it's third season this year. The inaugural ePL competition was won by none other than FIFA esports superstar Fnatic Tekkz, with the world number one on Xbox winning the trophy for Liverpool in 2019.
For the second edition of the ePL, the competition was held virtually due to the Covid pandemic, with FIFA esports pro Thomas ‘Hashtag Tom’ Leese taking home the trophy for Watford and £20,000 in prize money. With Watford being relegated to the Championship last season, they can't be represented this year, so we are guaranteed a new winner in 2021.
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On his win, Hashtag Tom said: “It meant a lot for me to be crowned the 2019/20 ePremier League champion as it is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the professional FIFA circuit and it was the first major trophy of my career.
“I can't explain the number of times I had walked away from a tournament in FIFA 19 and 20 and felt like I should have won, so to win ePL after a lot of tough losses felt extra satisfying.
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“I would recommend the competition to FIFA players as ePL is a massive tournament with a lot of people watching. It also gives you the unique chance to try and represent your favourite Premier League team.
"And if you're looking to break into professional FIFA then this is the perfect opportunity for UK gamers to showcase their talent.”
So, why not give it a go? Registration for this year’s ePL competition opens at 5pm GMT on Thursday 3 December at e.premierleague.com, with online qualification beginning in January.
Representatives for all 20 clubs will compete to see who reaches the online playoffs, before the live finals take place next spring (dates TBC). The finals will once again be broadcast live on Sky Sports, Premier League channels and EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel. Over the last two seasons, the finals reached more than 22 million fans.
The competition is open to UK residents aged 16 and over and will once again take place on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As well as taking home the trophy and a share of the £40,000 prize pot, there will also be seats on offer for top-ranking players at the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series (FGS) European Playoffs. You can find more information about the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series (FGS) rules here.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: Donovan ‘F2Tekkz’ Hunt of Liverpool celebrates with the trophy after he wins the ePremier League Finals 2019 at Gfinity Arena on March 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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During this season’s online qualifiers, all players will be required to play in 90-rated Online Friendlies mode as their chosen Premier League club. Those who progress to the playoffs and beyond will play on FIFA Ultimate Team (using Premier League players only).
“The EA SPORTS FIFA video game series is one of the key channels through which fans all over the world can engage with Premier League clubs and players," said Premier League Commercial Director Will Brass.
"We are looking forward to another edition of ePremier League after the first two seasons delivered some thrilling entertainment while giving UK-based fans the chance to represent their teams in high-profile competition.
“ePremier League is a great platform for players of all abilities and a real mix of competitors have progressed to the final stages of both tournaments so far. This includes some of the highest-ranked professional FIFA-gamers in the world and relatively inexperienced players who have proved they can take on the very best.
“We have been able to deliver the live finals to a wide audience in the UK and around the world, thanks to EA Sports and our broadcast partners, and we hope fans enjoy watching and having the chance to participate in another exciting season of ePL action.”
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FIFA Deputy Commissioner Sam Turkbas said: “EA SPORTS FIFA esports popularity has the strongest momentum of all time and a key accelerator in its growth is through the power of its accessibility and authenticity. ePremier League gives competitors the opportunity to fulfil their dreams by representing one of their favourite clubs on the virtual pitch.
ePremier League 2020/21 key dates
- Thursday 3 December – Friday 15 January: Registration open
- Monday 4 – Sunday 31 January: Online qualification
- Monday 15 February – Wednesday 3 March: Club Playoffs
- March/April – Live Finals (final dates TBC)
FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the next generation version of the game set to be released on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5 on December 4, 2020.
Additionally, fans who jump into FIFA 21 can also benefit from Dual Entitlement, enabling them to upgrade their copy of the game from PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S at no extra cost.