EA and NFL announce new format for Madden NFL 21 Championship Series


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Are you ready for some football? Sure you are. And by “football” we mean, of course, video games. Electronic Arts Inc. is betting that the answer is yes. Today the game publisher and the NFL announced a new format for the EA Sports Madden NFL 21 Championship Series.

Well, several new formats, actually.

Things kick off September 15 on the EA Sports Madden NFL Twitch and Madden Competitive Gaming YouTube, headlined by “Derwin James vs. the World”. L.A. Chargers safety Derwin James is known as one of the best Madden NFL players in the National Football League. Over the course of 16 weeks, he’ll take on different celebrities, musical artists, and athletes. Then, to cap the season, James will take on the winner of this year’s Club Championship. 

“Fans got a taste of my skills when I won the Madden NFL 20 Celebrity Tournament back in April, and this time, I’m back to quiet any doubters that I’m the best Madden player in the League,” James said in an EA press release. “I’m a huge Madden fan and I look forward to showing up every Tuesday to take on new challengers and ultimately test my skills against the season’s best Madden player.” 

King of the Hill

Also new to Tuesday evenings is King of the Hill. This will consist of two single-elimination tournaments each week. Two NFL athletes will face-off in parallel with a pair of elite Madden NFL competitive players. The winner from each match-up will meet a new challenger the following week. 

The Championship Series itself has its largest-ever prize pool of US$1.4 million.

The EA press release explains the format:

Starting with the Madden NFL 21 Club Championship (Nov 10 – Feb 5), competitive players will battle over the course of eight weeks to represent each of the 32 NFL teams. All matches will be played remotely with players joining from home, and the action will join the Tuesday evening broadcast lineup starting in October. Madden NFL will continue to announce additional tournament details throughout the year, revealing new formats and twists.

EA Sports press release

The world has changed

“Our world has drastically changed over the last few months, yet the love of competition and sense of connection that comes through games is stronger than ever,” said Matt Marcou, Madden NFL Commissioner. “This year Madden NFL will add several new formats, beyond our traditional tournament series, to appeal to an even broader audience. We believe that this is the most accessible and engaging competitive gaming content ever for both players and fans alike and is just the beginning of a new era of competitive gaming.”

For the official Championship Series rules and how to register, visit the website

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