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Real Madrid Make First Entrance into Esports With FIFA Online 4 Team in China

Published: 8/May/2018 19:18 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 16:14

by Calum Patterson

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Spanish football giants Real Madrid have finally taken the first step into esports, starting their first FIFA Online team, in China.

Previously, Real Madrid have been keeping esports at a distance, although were certainly aware of the growth, especially with FIFA esports.

But now, one of the most successful football clubs in the world will take their talents to the world of the virtual pitch for the first time, as announced on their official Wiebo page.

They join a long line of top teams including Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and their Spanish rivals Barcelona in embracing esports.

In the official post, Real Madrid outlined their plans for entering FIFA Online 4 – the Asian offshoot of the FIFA series in the western world, made by South Korean based EA Spearhead and distributed by Tencent.

Translated from Mandarin:

“Real Madrid e-sports team was formally established and will compete for the next season’s FIFAONLINE4 professional league FSL. This is the first entry for Real Madrid into the field of e-sports.

The club hopes to be able to expand the interaction channel between the club and Chinese fans through the establishment of e-sports teams. The White Legion’s Mei Lingge, let us look forward to Real Madrid’s success in the field of e-sports! Hala madrid!”

Considering Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is also the cover player for FIFA Online 4, the inclusion of Real Madrid makes a lot of sense.

The FSL is a professional FIFA league organized by Tencent themselves and is based in China, but other European teams like Lyon have already entered the Chinese tournament.

Like Lyon, this is a logical step for a brand like Real Madrid, who as they make clear in their statement are keen to attract more fans in Asia.

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Valorant Champions Tour Stage 1 NA and Europe: Streams, format, schedule

Published: 26/Jan/2021 17:33

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant Champions Tour is kicking off in 2021 with Stage 1. There’s plenty of action to come, so here’s the NA & EU VCT stream, schedule and more!


  • EU & NA Stage 1 Challenger events run from February 4 – 7.
  • Slots in the Stage 1 Masters tournament are on the line.
  • 100 Thieves and Team Heretics primed to defend their regional titles.

It’s Valorant Champions Tour time! If the event calendar has you a little baffled, then check out our comprehensive explainer right here, and if you’re looking to get up-to-speed with global coverage, our dedicated global hub has all of the info you’ll need!

Valorant Champions Tour: Streams

The Valorant Champions Tour will be streamed on both the official Valorant Twitch, as well as the two regional channels. We have embedded those below for your convenience.

VCT NA: Stream

VCT EU: Stream

VCT NA & EU: Schedule

Both NA and EU’s Stage 1 kick off on February 4. While the times have not yet been released, all the dates you need are listed below:

VCT Stage 1 NA dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: February 18-21
  • Challengers 3: March 4-7
  • Masters: March 13-21

VCT Stage 2 EU dates:

  • Challengers 1: February 4 – 7
  • Challengers 2: TBA
  • Challengers 3: TBA
  • Masters: TBA

Valorant Champions Tour: Format

  • Teams will battle through three separate stages throughout the year.
  • Each stage is comprised of three Challenger events, which feed into one Masters event.
  • Masters events are where teams earn points to qualify for the Champions event.
  • 16 of the world’s best will go head-to-head in Valorant Champions to determine Future Earth’s first global champ!
Valorant Champions Tour calendar
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The VCT promises to be a year long Valorant fiesta!

VCT Stage 1 Challengers 1: NA & Europe teams

In Europe, teams like G2 Esports, Liquid, FunPlus Phoenix, will be looking to snatch the glory from reigning First Strike champions Team Heretics.

Across the Atlantic in North America, 100 Thieves have a target on their back with TSM, Sentinels and Cloud9 Blue all keen on taking down the First Strike winners.