Video game producer Electronic Arts (EA) and FIFA have announced that the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series esports competition generated more than 680 million minutes watched, a 60% annual increase and 61 million total views, a 25% year-on-year increase.
EA and FIFA said the significant viewership growth was anchored by many key factor. The FIFA 19 Global Series featured 17 official league partners versus eight last season, the launch of the first-ever eChampions League in collaboration with UEFA and the introduction of the FIFA eNations Cup.
“The continuous increase in viewership underlines the huge interest in competitive FIFA and the importance of esports in the ongoing growth of football across the world,” said Christian Volk, Director of eFootball and Gaming at FIFA.
The FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs will commence with the Xbox ladder on 5th to 7th July in Hamburg, Germany, with the PlayStation® 4 bracket taking place from 12th to 14th July in Berlin.
The top 128 FIFA 19 players in the world will seek to secure places at the 2019 eWorld Cup.