On Monday, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the club’s first eMLS competitor, 17-year-old Burnaby resident Erfan Hosseini. He will join representatives from 18 other MLS clubs at the inaugural eMLS Cup, to be played at PAX East in Boston Massachusetts in April.
The PAX East event will determine the US and Canada qualifiers for the EA Sports FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs and the subsequent FIFA eWorld Cup in August. With competitive video gaming becoming more popular, Major League Soccer is viewing it as an important avenue to engage with MLS fans and fans from around the world. With many gaming companies operating in Greater Vancouver, it is easy to see why the Whitecaps would view this competition as important.
I must admit, I am not that familiar with competitive video gaming tournaments. I have seen them and I have had friends talk about them extensively, and the massive amounts of prize money awarded. However, I have never really gotten into them. Maybe it is because I don’t play that many video games. As a result, I do not see this as a big deal. Nevertheless, this is a big deal to some people and certainly there is nothing wrong with it. I agree that it is an important avenue for connecting with fans and engaging with the global soccer community.
I am curious to hear what everyone else’s take is on this. Let us know in the comments.