The Premier League and Electronic Arts Inc. today announce the return of the ePremier League for the 2023/24 season.
Entering its sixth season, the competition gives fans a shot at glory by winning the ePremier League title for their favourite club.
For the first time, players will compete in the tournament on the newly released EA SPORTS FC™ 24, with a £100,000 prize pool on offer and seats available for the winning club in the UEFA eChampions League and the FC Pro World Championships.
When does it all start?
In an exciting evolution of the tournament, this season's live ePremier League Finals will span across two action-packed weekends. The group stages will take place on 20 and 21 January, with the four leading clubs booking their spots in the Grand Final.
The remaining teams will have a second chance to join them by playing again on Saturday 23 March, ahead of the Grand Final the next day. The format of this season’s Finals will see clubs working collaboratively again, with one player competing per console in a series of 1 v 1 matches against pairings from other clubs.
The tournament commences with online qualification during November, with dates varying per club.
Registration for this year’s tournament is open now to UK residents aged 16 and over.
Some of the biggest names in EA SPORTS FC esports have played in the ePremier League in the past, with the likes of Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt and Tom Leese set to compete once more.
After making a high-profile switch to Manchester City this month, inaugural ePremier League Champion Tekkz said: “This is one of my favourite competitions in the esports calendar and I’m buzzing to represent Manchester City this season.
“To join the club on the back of their Treble-winning season on the pitch is a huge honour and I’m determined to win the club their second ePL title. I know this won’t be easy, the level of competition is extremely high, but I am ready to take on the challenge!”
Leeds United’s Olle ‘Ollelito’ Arbin and Tom Stokes were crowned 2022/23 ePremier League Champions. After overcoming tough opponents in the knockout rounds, they beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on aggregate in the Grand Final to claim the title.
Premier League Chief Commercial Officer Will Brass said: “As the ePremier League enters its sixth season, we are excited to once again provide fans with the opportunity to represent their favourite Premier League club in an elite esports tournament.
“We are introducing some developments for the first tournament played on the new EA SPORTS FC™ 24 video game. This includes holding live finals over two full weekends, which will be made available to fans around the world on Premier League digital platforms and through our broadcast partners.
“Over five seasons of thrilling ePremier League action we have seen some incredible drama, with a different Champion crowned each season and new gamers continuing to make a name for themselves on a global stage. We look forward to seeing what the 2023/24 tournament has in store.”