Major League Soccer is creating its own Federation Internationale de Football Association eSports league

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MLS announced Friday the creation of "eMLS", a new competitive gaming league organized in partnership with EA Sports.

This comes right after the Overwatch League and its major success this week, representing yet another big step for esports and competitive gaming as a whole. The eMLS league will only feature players from the US and Canada, and a number of real MLS teams will be hosting their own eMLS clubs.


The FIFA esports circuit is also beginning to expand, with tournament organizers like Gfinity doubling down on the game as a competitive title. Though that being said there is still much about the eMLS that remains unclear. But if a player were to fall early in competition at eMLS, nothing would stop them from competing independently in an effort to qualify via FIFA Ultimate Team events.

There's no word on whether eMLS pros are being set up as full-time jobs, like spots in the National Basketball Association 2K League or Overwatch League. Such as what kind if, if any, salaries or benefits these players might have. An eMLS rep was unable to comment on this aspect of the league by press time. The event will determine the United States and Canada qualifiers to the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs for a berth to August's FIFA eWorld Cup. After competing against each other, the overall top team from the eMLS will gain entry to the Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 Global Series Playoffs. It seems hard to believe that a professional sports league would spin up an esports organization just for one year, not as a long-term pursuit, and a spokesperson told Polygon that MLS is working to establish eMLS in a way that can support future iterations of EA's games. In partnership with EA Sports, Major League Soccer is launching eMLS - an eSports league in which 19 of the 23 MLS clubs will select a competitor to represent them.

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