A brand new format spanning three months and a five-digit prize pool, as well as qualification to the pinnacle of FIFA23 competition — just some of the upgrades coming for this season of E-League.
The A-Leagues have partnered with PlayStation and eGEN Esports to launch the E-League 2023 Season, with the main group stage kicking off March 7.
The Path to E-League concluded last week, with 24 of Oceania’s best FIFA23 competitors moving forward to a group stage spanning six weeks.
Featuring an expanded format and running through the PlayStation Tournament function, it adds up to three times as much action as the 2022 iteration of the event.
In a press release today, APL Chief Commercial Officer Ant Hearne expressed excitement over the launch.
“We’re excited to bring the E-League FIFA Global Series Qualifier, presented by Nivea Men, back this season with updates that are set to make it the best season yet.”
“Esports is a really important part of our strategy to bring football into more homes
across Australia and New Zealand. To-date the fan reaction has been great and we
can’t wait for a massive 2023.”
All 12 A-League professional clubs are involved, with each club selecting two players to represent the team in the E-League season.
March’s group stage will see two groups of 12 players go head-to-head in a round-robin format, with the top six in each progressing to the E-League playoffs in May.
From there, the top four will move to the E-League Grand Finals — held in a LAN environment with competitors flown in-person to compete.
Each week’s broadcast will go live from a dedicated studio, with matches streamed live to the E-League official Twitch channel and the KEEPUP YouTube channel.
“We can’t wait to kick off our much more expansive version of the E-League
in 2023,” said Hearne.
“We continue to invest in the E-League not only as a standalone esports competition, but as an opportunity to bring football to Australian fans both physically and digitally.”
“This competition will again be used for clubs to scout new and upcoming pro EA
SPORTS FIFA players for selection into the E-League and is an incredible opportunity
for our players to put themselves on the esports map,” said eGEN Director Brad Timmins.
The E-League 2023 Season group stage begins March 7, with matches and broadcasts live every Tuesday and Wednesday.
The playoffs begin May 6, with the E-League 2023 Grand Final commencing on May 13. For more details, visit the KEEPUP website here.