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FIFA eSports Betting Tips & Live Streams
About FIFA eSports
FIFA, developed and published by Electronic Arts (EA), is the largest-selling sports game and one of the most popular game series in the world.
The franchise is close to three decades old, beginning with the FIFA International Soccer on the Sega Mega Drive in 1993, and was granted an official license by the game’s governing body FIFA.
The FIFA esports scene kicked off with the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC), now FIFAe World Cup (FEWC), that was organized by EA in 2004 in Switzerland.
A change in format to the tournament in 2016 saw the introduction of open qualifiers allowing millions of players from all over the world to compete. This led to FIFA being recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest online esports game in the world.
Where to bet on FIFA eSports
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FIFA eSports Live Streaming & Where To Watch
You can watch games streamed every day online via betting sites such as bet365, Stake and Pinnacle worldwide as well as Picklebet in Australia.
When it comes to the FIFAe World, you can watch it on the following platforms:
- Official Twitch Channel of EA Sports FIFA, easportsfifa
- Official YouTube Channel of EA Sports FIFA, FIFATV
The Final Showdown of the FEWC16 was also broadcast on TV for the first time in its history. It was shown in over 100 countries, with Fox Sports 1 broadcasting the FIFAe world cup final in the United States.
FIFA eSports Structure
In addition to the FEWC, EA also organizes other FIFA tournaments such as the EA Champions Cup. It’s a seasonal event occurring twice a year, and offers a prize pool fixed at $100,000.
The FIFAe Club World Cup first kicked off in 2017 in London. Different esports orgs can partner with traditional football leagues and form teams that take part in the global tournament, and it also provides players with a direct path to FEWC if they do well.
Clubs can also be selected through their performance in the FIFA Global Series (FGS) Team of the Season Cup, and the FGS Open. A total of 24 teams played in the FIFAe Club WC, and are represented by the following regions:
- West & South Europe
- East & Central Europe
- North Europe
- Middle East & Africa
- North America
- Central America & the Caribbean
- South America
Another prominent esports tournament is the FIFAe Nations Series, which began in 2022. This is also organized by FIFA and EA, and teams compete by playing the latest games of the FIFA association series.
The series concludes with the FIFAe Nations Cup, which sees 24 teams competing among a $400,000 prize pool. The regions that participate here are:
- Asia & Oceania
- Middle East & Africa
- North & Central America
- South America
Qualification for FIFA Tournaments
The FIFAe World Cup is the marquee event of the year, featuring the top 32 players from the Global Series Playoffs.
They’re split into four groups with eight players each, and matches are played out one-on-one across a double round robin. Players receive 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 for a loss.
The top four teams from each group proceed to the playoffs, where the winner out of the remaining sixteen teams will be decided by a single-elimination knockout bracket.
The Global Series Playoffs is a tournament featuring 128 teams that representing the following regions:
- Asia North and Asia South
- Europe East and Europe West
- Latin America North and Latin America South
- Middle East
- North America
A Swiss format system sees these 128 teams narrowed down to 64, which advance to the Playoffs. There, the 64 teams will be divided into four groups of 16 players each.
A double elimination bracket conducted across each group will seed the top eight from each group (32 players in total) progress to the FIFA main event.
The teams that participate in the Global Series Playoffs are decided by the top performers from the Regional Playoffs. There are multiple ways a team or player can qualify for their Regional Playoffs:
- By earning points in FUT Champions. Players can earn up to 30 points a month by playing in the Weekend League as well.
- By earning Points in online qualifiers, each of which accepts a maximum of 1024 players. There are five qualifiers each for Europe, North America, and South America; and three each for East Asia, West Asia, Oceania, and South Africa
- Join or partner with a football club in a domestic league. Football leagues offer collaborative esports programs, and representing these clubs can earn a player reserved seats in their Regional League
Best FIFA Teams
In the 16 editions of the FIFAe World Cup that have been held so far, only two players have managed to win it twice - the now-retired Herzex from Spain who won it in 2008 and 2012, and Spank from France who took the title in 2009 and 2013.
UK-born Donovan 'Tekkz' Hunt is one of the most prominent FIFA esports players in the world at the moment, and currently plays for Fnatic. He has won seven online tournaments since his debut in 2018, including the FIFAe Club World Cup 2019 and the FUT Champions Cup Finals.
Msdossary took the FIFA esports community by storm when he arrived on the scene in style in 2019. He won the title and took home the $250,000 prize, and finished as runners-up in the next season too. Since his first FIFA title, he has accumulated close to $300,000 as winnings from other tournaments.
Here’s the rest of the FEWC winners:
- Carrico 'Thiago' de Azevedo (Brazil), FIWC 2004
- Chris 'ChrisyB' Bullard (United Kingdom), FIWC 2005
- Andries 'Driesje' Smit (Australia), FIWC 2006
- Alfonso 'Herzex' Ramos (Spain), FIWC 2008
- Bruce 'Spank' Grannec (France), FIWC 2009
- Nenad 'Nenad' Stojkovic (United States), FIWC 2010
- Francisco 'Quinzas' Cruz (Portugal), FIWC 2011
- Alfonso 'Herzex' Ramos (Spain), FIWC 2012
- Bruce 'Spank' Grannec (France), FIWC 2013
- August 'Agge' Rosenmeier (Denmark), FIWC 2014
- Abdulaziz 'A8drafwz' Alshehri (Saudi Arabia), FIWC 2015
- Mohamad 'Al-Bacha' Al-Bacha (Denmark), FIWC 2016
- Spencer 'Gorilla' Ealing (United Kingdom), FIWC 2017
- Mosaad 'Msdossary' Al Dossary (Saudi Arabia), eWorld Cup 2018
- Mohammed 'MoAuba' Harkous (Germany), eWorld Cup 2019
- Umut 'Umut' Gültekin (Germany), FeWC 2022