It's back and it's set to be bigger than ever.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) have announced that the second season of Australia's pioneering national esports league, the E-League, will kick-off on Thursday 21st February 2019 and will once again coincide with the final nine (9) rounds of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19.
The E-League 2019 Grand Final is scheduled for Thursday 9th May.
The upcoming E-League season will feature FIFA 19 on both the PS4 and Xbox consoles and will be part of the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series which serves as part of the qualification process to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.
FOX SPORTS will continue as the official TV Broadcast partner of the E-League with coverage on Channel 505 every Thursday night throughout the competition. In addition, all the action will also be streamed live on Twitch.
FFA’s Chief Commercial Officer, Luke Bould, was excited that the E-League will be back bigger and better next year.
“Following the success of the inaugural season, we are really pleased to announce that the E-League will be even better in 2019.
"Our clubs did a wonderful job in establishing their teams last year and there is already significant discussion about competitor selection for the upcoming season
“We are delighted that FOX SPORTS will increase their support as the broadcast partner of the E-League. Moving our regular season rounds to Fox Sports 505 is a significant commitment, and their expertise in producing world-leading coverage is a very significant asset for the competition.”
“To also have EA SPORTS as a partner also provides a valuable connection and a pathway for competitors to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019. “I’m con dent that the E-League 2019 Season will be even more exciting than the last as the popularity of esports continues to grow,” concluded Bould.
All Hyundai A-League clubs will be able to contract up to 2 competitors each (PS4 or Xbox).
A draft will then be held in January 2019 for clubs to select remaining representatives. In another innovation, clubs will also be able to nominate a substitute competitor in case the nominated competitor is unable to participate, this player will also be selected through the draft process.
The inaugural season of the competition saw Wanderers RDoubleTT knocked out in the Semi Final while OhNoAGoat suffered an early exit in the Quarter Final in what was a successful start to the Wanderers first season in the competition.
Despite being knocked out of the E-League competition, RDoubleTT persevered and traveled to London and Amsterdam to be part of the EA Sports Global Playoffs.