FIFA esports has been with us for well over a decade. Not only have we seen the FIFA eWorld Cup growing in profile, but a number of big-money brands like Audi have started sponsoring FIFA esports teams. Despite these positive moves, there remain big questions over whether FIFA esports has what it takes to catch up to the popularity of competitive games like Dota 2 , CS:GO and LoL . FIFA is one of the world’s biggest-selling gaming franchises. As of 2018, the series had sold over 260 million copies since EA released its first incarnation of FIFA in 1993.
The football simulator picked up over 45 million unique players over the course of the past year, and there have also been more than 193 million downloads for FIFA Mobile. FIFA 19 was the biggest-selling console game in Europe last year, and EA has been quick to try and capitalize on these successes by hosting their own competitive gaming tournaments for the title. The biggest of these is the FIFA Esports World Cup which has been in operation since 2004. The FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 grand final managed to generate a record viewership of 47 million.
This was a 60% rise in comparison with the previous year, and the competition was broadcast by 21 different networks in over 75 nations. Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous claimed the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup title after he beat the reigning champion Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary 3-2 in the final. The new German champion picked up a top prize of $250,000 million for his efforts. Although all of these statistics are pretty impressive, they still lag some way behind other esports. For example, last year’s League of Legends World Championship finals managed to pick up nearly 100 million viewers which is more than double that of […]
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