Very big news are coming from the renown sports television ESPN. They've announced a partnership with EA sports that includes broadcasting of the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series in May. More precisely, ESPN will do live coverage on May 20th when the global finals will be held. This comes as big news since EA Sports has finally decided to make a proper move and start investing in FIFA franchise as a fully fledged eSport!
More details about the partnership
This partnership does not come as a huge surprise since it was expected that EA Sports will finally make a proper entrance into eSports. We already had the chance to see numerous big clubs in the top 5 national leagues investing in their eSports counterparts. This only paved the way for bigger and better things for the entire FIFA franchise in eSports and, in the end, resulted in this partnership.
Like we already mentioned in the introductory paragraph, ESPN will do a live broadcast of the global finals on May 20th. But, that's not going to be the only FIFA 17 FUT Championship series coverage on ESPN. Not by a long shot. Before that, there will be a total of 6 regional tournament finals, all of which will have their own live coverages on ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and ESPN Deportes. If you are worried that you won't have access to coverage on your native language (or a language that you can understand), do not worry since it will be aired in a dozen of them including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
EA Sports making a big move into eSports
Truth be told, it was about time they did so! Perhaps a little too late, but then again, you know what they say – better late than never! I reckon that's been a leading factor of EA Sports employees when they decided to go marching in the eSports industry. As we all know, eSports as an industry has been rapidly growing over the course of the last couple of years. With giants such as LoL, CS: GO and DotA, there is no doubt that FIFA will have a lot of problems on their way to the top…
The situation would be much better if it was the only sports simulation that's trying to make a name for itself on the big eSports scene… but that's not the case. In early December, there was another very big partnership that could influence the future of virtual sports simulations in eSports. NFL partnered up with EA's Madden series and gained access to broadcasting Madden NFL Championship Series. As it seems, the next couple of months are definitely going to be crucial for the future of both Madden and FIFA franchises, at least when it comes to their little endeavor into eSports.
What about betting on the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series?
One thing is clear – betting on this tournament is definitely going to have a significant boost? Why? Well, because ESPN's live broadcast will give access to a larger audience… and let's face it, people generally love watching sports (and eSports for that matter) in the comfort of their living room on their big screen TVs rather than on their small (in comparison to TVs) PC monitors. It's a fact! Long story short, ESPN's live broadcast is going to have a massive impact on FIFA 17 betting. I'm sure this news will be awesome for popular eSports bookmakers such as Bet365 and Pinnacle as they will certainly get a lot more traffic on May 20th.
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