FIFA 17 to be televised on BT Sport


eSports is seeing another boost in popularity as BT become the first TV company in Britain to get the rights to broadcast the four remaining FIFA Major Tournaments. The coverage will begin in April.

In case you didn’t know, FIFA Ultimate team tournaments are a pretty big deal. The prize money for the world champion reaches an impressive £130,000 while the runner-up will receive £65.000. Since most people play online for nothing but bragging rights, those are some pretty high stakes.

The Head of BT Sport, Simon Green said: “This is yet another example of live innovation from BT Sport. Competitive interactive football gaming is a rapidly growing industry and I’m delighted that BT Sport is now able to showcase it for the first time ever in the UK.” 

Fifa 17 was released September last year. Via wikimedia commons
Fifa 17 was released September last year

Road to victory

The four competitions to receive coverage this year are:

  • America Regional Final in Vancouver (8th April)
  • Asia-Pacific Regional Final in Singapore (22nd April)
  • European Regional Final in Madrid (May 6th)
  • FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Final in Berlin (May 20th/21st)

The Berlin event is the big one, as this is where the winners of the previous tournaments will meet to crown the Ultimate Champion of the game across both Xbox and PlayStation.

It’s in the game

eaFor those who don’t think this would be an interesting watch, just think about the gamer rage when attacking throughout the entire match, but losing in the 93rd minute to a fluky header, or a sweaty goal with a pass across the keeper. Controllers will get smashed and TVs will be broken, but it will be there for all of us to see live.

I’m probably getting way ahead of myself here. I guess FIFA pros have a lot more self-control and discipline than me, although you never know.

Gaming and Sports

FIFA is but the latest addition to televised gaming tournaments. The biggest events are of course: DOTA Championship, League of Legends and Call of Duty. There are some people that wouldn’t consider gaming a sport. We at Front take our gaming very seriously so we investigated the issue in one of our articles. You can check it out here.


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