Following the landmark deal between ESL and Microsoft, console based esports received some more good news after it was announced that Fox Sports will broadcast the FIFA Interactive World Cup.
The esports tournament has a purse of $20,000 (£13,895) and will see 32 grand finalists battle it out over three days to be crowned champion and the title of best FIFA 16 player worldwide.
Competitors will be able to play on either Xbox One or PS4 with the entirety of the action being shown on Fox’s digital platforms of FOXSportsGO and FOXSoccer2GO. The final which takes place this Tuesday March 22nd will be aired on Fox Sports 1 at 5:45pm EST.
The draw took place on Sunday evening in New York and can be seen below. There are four Britons taking part. Online qualification lasted from October 2015 to January 1st 2016, and with reigning champion Abdulaziz Alshehri withdrawing at the last minute it means that a new champion will be crowned in New York.
Frank Lampard was a special guest at the draw and had this to say: “It takes courage, desire and focus to become a champion. The player that wins the FIFA Interactive World Cup in New York will be the one that harnesses this the most.”