EA SPORTS has announced that the 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup grand finals will be held in London, and reveal impressive participant and viewing figures for the 2018 Global Series competition.
The FIFA 18 Global Series is the game's primary competitive platform, which invites FIFA 18 players from around the world to attempt to compete with the very best.
Players can qualify for the Global Series playoffs through a number of routes, a mixture of online and live events, such as the FUT Champions Cups and the FIFA eClub World Cup.
Players on both Xbox and PlayStation participate, with an equal split of both making up he 128 competitors set for Global Series playoffs in Amsterdam, May 28-30th and June 1-3rd
And EA SPORTS announced on May 24th that the eWorld Cup Grand Finals will be held in London, England, where the top 16 players on each console from the playoffs will compete to crown the undisputed EA SPORTS FIFA 18 world champion.
The also announced impressive viewing and participation figures, making the FIFA 18 Global Series the "largest FIFA tournament in history".
"In only its second year of official competitive gaming, the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series saw more than 20 million competitors around the world engage in competitive FIFA play."
As Philippe Le Floc'h, Chief Commercial Officer at FIFA, explains:
“This partnership with EA elevated competitive FIFA into a worldwide phenomenon, combining the power of football with the spectacle of entertainment in astounding ways.
A landmark year for global football and a landmark year for competitive gaming ends fittingly at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 in one of the most historic football cities in the world – London.”
The exact venue for the Grand Finals is still yet to be announced, but of course if you are unable to attend in person, the event will be live streamed online.
You can tune in to watch the Playoffs in Amsterdam live on EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel on May 28th, completing on June 3rd.
Of course with the FIFA World Cup also taking place this summer, fans of traditional football may want to get into the spirit of the biggest sporting event with the virtual game too.