The closing stages of the Premier League’s first esports tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports
Sky Sports will broadcast the finals of the Premier League’s new esports competition, the ePremier League tournament.
The ePremier League, run by esports company Gfnity, gives the chance for UK gamers to officially represent a Premier League club in competitive matches of EA Sports Fifa 19 Global Series. All 20 Premier League clubs will be represented, and the game will be played on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The three-month ePremier League tournament starts in January 2019, with the finals held on 28-29 March in London. The finals will be streamed live on the Premier League’s social media and broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Premier League managing director Richard Masters said: “This new esports competition will provide our clubs with an exciting opportunity to engage with fans.”
A number of TV broadcasters in the UK, including Sky Sports, BBC3 and BT Sport, have shown esports, with Sky Sports screening a number of recent tournaments. However, the heartland for the gaming community is online streaming, with Twitch, YouTube and Facebook amongst the most popular platforms for esports fans.