Sky Sports FIFA eChampions 2018 Event Branded ‘Waste of Time’ After Pro Event Cancelled After One Round - Dexerto
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Sky Sports FIFA eChampions 2018 Event Branded ‘Waste of Time’ After Pro Event Cancelled After One Round

Published: 11/May/2018 10:28 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Mike Kent

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The annual eChampions 2018 FIFA event hosted by EA Sports and Sky Sports has been criticized for shunning the professional players in attendance.

Taking place on Thursday May 10th at the Sky Sports studios in London, there was high hopes for the event with celebrities and esports coming together.

Premier League footballers and Grime artists showed up to compete in the All-Star tournament, with British rapper Avelino beating out seven other competitors, including Ryan Bertrand, Saido Berahino and Patrick van Aanholt, to first place.

Alongside the All-Star tournament, sixteen professional gamers were invited to compete for the first place prize of £5,000, with representatives from Lightning Pandas, Hashtag Utd, Roma, Goal and more turning up to compete.

Despite some of the players travelling a considerable distance to play, the tournament ran into severe delays, with the games eventually being played off stream to allow the celebrity tournament to take place.

The delays eventually led to the pro tournament being cancelled after two rounds, with the seven players left in the tournament agreeing to share the prize pool.

Players reported that alongside the delays, their games were randomly interrupted mid-way through by DJ’s warming up to play their set, including flashing lights going off without warning.

Pro player Sean ‘Dragon’ Allen took to Twitter to vent his frustration at what he called a ‘massive waste of time’.

On top of the pro tournament being cancelled, there was also heavy criticism of the stream production, which was broadcast in just 480p.

You can watch the full two hour broadcast below.

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FIFA 21 Rulebreakers promo countdown: leaks, start time, predictions

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:13

by Isaac McIntyre

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EA SPORTS has begun officially unveiling this year’s Halloween promo event for Ultimate Team, and it looks like we’ll actually be getting something a little out of the ordinary in FIFA 21… “Rulebreakers.” Here’s everything we know so far.

The last few years have seen Ultimate Scream rule the last weeks of October. The Halloween themed promo has been trotted out in Ultimate Team for the last three years, but the special event’s ‘reign of terror’ seems to be coming to an end.

Instead, a new “Rulebreakers” promo seems to be looming on the horizon.

EA SPORTS teased the event on Twitter on Oct. 21, with only three letters ⁠— two Rs and an S ⁠— and a fragmented FUT card. Soon after, Dexerto dataminer FutWatch confirmed the hidden word would eventually spell out ‘Rulebreakers.’

When will the “Rulebreakers” promo begin?

FIFA’s spooky Ultimate Team promo ⁠— or at least, what Dexerto assumes is replacing the Ultimate Scream event this time around ⁠— is still based around Halloween. That means the promo will start this week, on Friday, October 23.

The event should run for just over a week, past the Halloween weekend.

If the timing on the “Rulebreakers” promo is the same as FUT’s spooky Ultimate Scream, we should see it last for just over a week. That means any special packs, challenges, and promo deals that hit Ultimate Team will last until November 2.

We’ll likely get a first-look reveal of the new promo event, and an upgraded team along with it, ahead of that 6pm Friday release time. Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter accounts, @UltimateTeamUK and @FutWatch, to see the news.

Rulebreakers predictions: new FIFA 21 upgrades?

Here’s where it gets a little tricky ⁠— EA SPORTS hasn’t really given us any clues about the potential upgrade team beyond the name. In fact, they haven’t even given us that yet, and we had to rely on Ultimate Team leaks to learn the truth.

That being said, it does sound like “Rulebreakers” could be one of two things. The first is those ‘destroyer’ players who pick up cards left and right, get stuck in on the pitch, and just rule the roost with their imposing presence in-game.

This is backed up by the promo’s background pitch line; it’s been crossed.

The second could be more meta. The title, ‘Rulebreakers,’ could refer to cards being pulled out of position, and breaking the rules. Maybe we’ll see a 90+ pace center back ⁠— lord knows this meta needs one ⁠— or a 99 physical wingback upgrade.

Possible ‘Rulebreaker’ players

  • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
  • Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid)
  • Pepe (Arsenal)
  • Richarlison (Everton)
  • Erik Lamela (Tottenham)
  • David Luiz (Arsenal)
  • Luis Suarez (Atlético Madrid)
  • Harry Maguire (Manchester United)
  • Arturo Vidal (Juventus)
  • Nigel de Jong (Al-Shahania)
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (Bordeaux)
  • Radja Nainggolan (Inter Milan)
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Everton striker Richarlison is a good Premier League shout for the “Rulebreakers” team.

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about FIFA 21’s new Rulebreakers Halloween promo so far. Make sure if you’ve got a few FUT coins saved up you keep them in your back pocket; there could be some cracking cards on the way!

We’ll update this article when the promo begins. As always, stick with us on Twitter @UltimateTeamUK for all the latest FIFA news, updates, and content.