Stay and Play
In a year when most of FIFA’s competitive gaming competitions could not go ahead as planned, the FIFAe team had to get creative in its engagement of gamers, players and fans.
The FIFA eClub World Cup 2020™ was just one of five tournaments held over the year, including the FIFA eNations StayandPlay Friendlies, the FIFA eChallenger Series, the FIFAe season and the brand-new FIFAe Continental Cup™.
Over 100 games were played as part of the FIFA eNations StayAndPlay Friendlies, with nations from across the world competing in EA SPORTS FIFA 20. Each nation nominated two players to battle it out against representatives from other countries in their respective region. Many famous eSports and football players took part in this unique activation.
Teams consisted of two players: one footballer – or celebrity – teaming up with a FIFA eSports player. Some of the biggest names in the competitive FIFA scene took part, such as current top 10 players 'WestHamYago', 'Zezinho' and 'RomaDamie' as well as 2018 FIFA eWorld Cup Champion 'Msdossary' and the Colombian FIFA eSports legend 'Janoz'.
There were plenty of big names from the football world, too, with stars like Sergio Agüero, Shinji Okazaki, Diogo Jota, and many more showcasing their skills on the virtual pitch.
Purple Mood crowned Asia’s top eFootballers
An exciting final at the FIFAe Continental Cup 2020™ saw Purple Mood esport crowned the inaugural FIFAe Continental champion.
The team consisting of 'PLMxTANTAY', 'PLMxBRIGHT777' and 'PLMxBAS69' showcased their consistency throughout the group stage, the knockout stage and the finals and emerged victorious against 15 other FIFA Online 4 teams from China PR, Vietnam, Korea Republic and Thailand.
Victory in the final earned the team ultimate glory and USD 100,000 in prize money.
Earlier in the year, FIFA had introduced the FIFAe Continental Cup to cater to the millions of passionate FIFA Online 4 players and to create a new stage for the most talented players and teams in the region.
“As we are continuously looking for new and exciting ways to engage with the global FIFAe community, we are grateful to host such a competition despite the challenging circumstances. The incredible passion shown by the competitors and fans made the event a special occasion in these times,” said Adrian Rölli, Head of eFootball at FIFA.
Complexity conquer the world
The last FIFAe event to be held “in real life” before lockdown, the FIFA eClub World Cup 2020™ saw Complexity Gaming triumph in a dramatic finale in Milan to be named the leading club team on competitive EA SPORTS FIFA.
The North American side, consisting of 'Joksan' and 'MaXe', edged Ellevens on penalties after the Final Showdown went to the third leg decider. As well as lifting the trophy, the winning duo claimed the top cash prize of USD 40,000.
Complexity become just the third team to claim the eClub World Cup, following in the footsteps of two-time winners Brondby and KING eSports.