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Archive • Mar 14, 2018

The Japanese J.League Announced As Latest Professional Football League to Join Esports

The J.League are the next league to join EA’s competitive FIFA push.  The J.League join an ever-growing list of leagues creating a competitive FIFA league consisting of the MLS, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Eredivisie, A-League and more recently La Liga.

Launching on the 30th of March, the Meiji Yasuda eJ.League will aim to promote competitive FIFA in Japan whilst offering participants a spot at the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff in June, where there will be a chance to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup later this summer. As the first of its kind the league's purpose isn't only to raise awareness of competitive FIFA but, providing the best players in the region a chance to practice and compete. Japan, a worldwide leader in technology have jumped onto EA's esports push, more and more professional football leagues are getting involved in esports whether it's via a league like this or clubs signing players like English Premier League stars Manchester City. The creation of these leagues benefit both esports and professional football offering mutual exposure and the chance for clubs to gather more fans and get their name out through the digital channel of video games The eJ.League’s inception is the first of it’s kind in the region and hopes to shed light on potential talent. It will also provide the chance for one player to become the first ever eJ.League champion.

We’ve already seen talents such as ‘fantom’ and ‘SubaruMikey’ emerge from Japan over the past few FIFA titles, however, who will be next?