FIFA 21: EA Sports announces restructured Global Series
It’s always a big deal when EA Sports launches the latest edition of its industry-leading soccer title. For the record, FIFA 21 comes out October 9.
Today, EA Sports announced the Global Series preseason invitationals via a star-studded video on Twitter:
On the EA Sports FIFA Pitch Notes page today, Rushan Shekar outlined the structure of the Global Series. Shekar is the League Operations Manager for FIFA Competitive Gaming Entertainment. He notes that things are going to look a lot different this time around. For that, we can thank our old friend COVID-19.
The EA SPORTS FIFA Global Series has traditionally relied on large scale global competitions bringing together players from all corners of the world. In the midst of a global pandemic, this is no longer possible and it’s important to ensure that we can continue to run our competitive gaming events while keeping in mind the health and safety of our competitors and staff. To accomplish this, we have completely re-imagined the EA SPORTS FIFA 21 Global Series to focus on online, regional play from home.
Players will have opportunities to compete across more than 30 tournaments to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup. Play will be divided into six regions. Specifically: Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, East Asia, and West Asia & South Africa. The rules stipulate that players may only play in the region that corresponds to their country/territory of residence and cannot change regions once the season begins.
The first online qualifier will begin in late November or December in each region. That way, players will have more time to get accustomed to the new game. Each qualifier will take place over the course of one weekend.
In addition, leading up to the Global Series will be a number of preseason events, including:
- Twitch Rivals Preseason Invitational: October 3 & 5
- YouTube Gaming FIFA 21 Creator Tournament: October 8
- FIFA 21 Challenge: October 29
Shekar noted that FIFA plans to reveal the details of other events—like the FIFA eNations Cup, FIFA eClub World Cup, and FIFA eWorld Cup—at a later date.