A job description on HitmarkerJobs.com revealed a new posting from EA, looking for a program manager for an as-yet unnamed ‘new competitive gaming franchise.’
The job’s description revealed that the division in question hasn’t been announced yet, although it seems that EA is gearing up ahead of the organization’s official release.
“EA’s next official Competitive Gaming Division franchise has yet to be announced,” the statement reads, “but behind the scenes its commissioner is spinning up the global leadership team responsible for inspiring the world to play competitively, making stars of our players and creating the future of interactive entertainment.”
The description likewise reveals EA’s stance on competitive gaming, stating that “‘competitive gaming’ is not just esports; it’s also the competitive experiences in-game that impact all players.”
While specific games were not mentioned in the description, other postings from EA point to titles like FIFA, with openings for FIFA Assistant Live Producers and a FIFA C++ Software Engineer. However, these could reference EA’s already existing esports programs for the titles.
This isn’t the first time EA has dabbled in competitive gaming, either – the California-based game company created the EA Competitive Gaming Division in 2015, which focuses on EA’s largest competitive titles like FIFA, Madden NFL, and Battlefield.
Even so, it seems that EA is looking to bolster this initiative by bringing on a few new recruits. Fans will have to wait with bated breath for further information, but those interested in applying for the position could get a broader taste of what the franchise entails.
The LCS has kicked off 2021 not with the Spring Split, but with a new tournament called Lock In. Similar to the KeSPA Cup or Demacia Cup, NA’s top teams will duke it out in a pre-season event right before the main season. Here’s what you need to know.
LCS Lock In 2021 is a new pre-season tournament for all 10 teams.
$150,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the winner.
TSM vs 100 Thieves are first up on Day 1.
LCS Lock In: Stream
The LCS Lock In tournament is the 2021 starter for League of Legends in North America. All 10 LCS teams will take part in the two-week competition that gives fans a taster of the year to come.
They’re not playing for pittance either. The winning team will take home $150,000 USD, and a lot of confidence heading into the start of Spring 2021 in February.
LCS Lock In 2021: Teams & groups
As we mentioned earlier, all 10 of the LCS teams will be taking part in the Lock In tournament. Some teams may choose to field their academy rosters instead of their main rosters, but with $150,000 on the line, there’ll definitely be some teams gunning for the flag.
Among them, Summer 2020 champions TSM would be favorites. Having made a number of moves in the off-season, only keeping jungler Mingyi ‘Spica’ Lu, the new squad will have a hard task in front of them. Team Liquid, CLG, and Cloud9 also made some big moves in the off-season to catch back up.