Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced the proposed introduction of an e-League. The professional eSports league is set to be the premier competition for the region’s elite FIFA competitors to represent the A-League’s top tier clubs to determine a new e-League champion for both XBOX and PlayStation.
The competition will begin on February 1 2018 and will run for the last nine rounds of the A-League season. This provides for each club to play each other once and will end in April with a tournament-style final event.
Melbourne City FC’s representative for the e-League will be Marcus Gomes. The Club became the first team in Australia to sign an official FIFA eSports player when they made the ground-breaking signing in August this year.
The Melbourne-based 20-year-old is a FIFA fanatic, passionate local footballer and exciting eSports competitor. Gomes became the third FIFA player to sign with a City Football Group owned team, joining New York City FC’s Christopher Holly and Joey Calabro as well as Manchester City FC’s Kieran Brown.
The eSports player advanced into the tournament with an impressive 153 wins out of 160 games, which saw him finish 36th in the world on XBOX and second in the Rest of the World region – finishing first in Australia.