FA launches competition to find esports talent

11 Feb 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The FA has launched a competition to give fans across the country the chance to represent England at the esports tournament The FIFA eNations Cup.

The ‘Beat the eLions’ online tournament will run on Xbox and PlayStation, with English FIFA fans aged 16 and over given the opportunity to become an eLion at the tournament which takes place in May. Two qualification rounds run by The FA will take place in early March.

The eNations Cup sees nations compete against each other, with each side made up of two players taking part as a team.

Last year, The FA held a tournament to find the two best English players, with Fnatic Tekkz and Hashtag Tom coming out on top. The pair went on to make the quarter finals at the 2019 edition of the tournament, which was eventually won by France.

The FA’s 2020 tournament will see the top player on each console from the two March qualifiers, along with the top ranked English players from the FIFA 20 Global Series rankings Hashtag Harry (PS4) and Futwiz Lyricz (Xbox), invited to the ‘Beat the eLions’ Grand Final on 19 March.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s ‘Beat the eLions’ tournament, Fnatic Tekkz said: “To represent your country is the ultimate honour. And I really enjoyed the two v two format playing alongside Tom, so much so that we teamed up together at Club level. I’m determined to earn my place again this year.”
 
Hashtag Tom said: “I’m looking forward to getting the chance to defend my title, I hope I can make it through to be an eLion again. Me and Tekkz have just made the semi-final of the eClub World Cup and we want to go one step further and lift the trophy for England at the eNations.”
 
Kathryn Swarbrick, Commercial and Marketing Director, The FA, said: “This is the latest exciting chapter for the eLions following a successful launch in 2019. The FA is committed to growing the game, and engaging with the esports community allows us to reach out and inspire millions of football fans from all backgrounds. Representing your country is the greatest honour and that is no different for the eLions.”

The Beat the eLions Tournament will be streamed live on the Official England YouTube channel on 19 March.