Manchester City has announced a collaboration with leading esports organisation, Epsilon, to compete in the Gfinity Elite Series, Season 4. Epsilon have a strong legacy in competitive FIFA, stretching back to 2012, and have competed in the Elite Series since its inception.
The collaboration sees Manchester City eSports join Epsilon’s slot in the Elite Series to compete in the FIFA 19 category. The prestigious tournament, which is entering its fourth edition, hosts top teams from across Europe. FIFA 19 was introduced into the Elite Series in early 2018.
Manchester City’s and Epsilon’s professional esports players will make up half of the team with the remaining players chosen through the Elite Draft. Season 4 kicks off on the weekend of 26th October, with 10 teams competing in the eight-week tournament for a spot in the grand final, to be played on 7th or 8th December.
Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing Officer at City Football Group, said: Manchester City eSports’ collaboration with Epsilon provides a very exciting opportunity for us to continue our digital expansion. The Gfinity Elite Series is a globally renowned tournament and we are delighted to be competing alongside Epsilon’s experienced team. Manchester City is dedicated to growing our presence within esports. Being part of the Elite Series gives our fans a new platform to watch our players compete and we’re looking forward to seeing how they progress.”
Gregory Champagne, Chief Executive Officer at Epsilon eSports, said: “I am thrilled that we have formed this exciting partnership with the English Premier League Champions and prestigious club Manchester City. Together, we will push ourselves in the Elite Series and engage our fans in exciting new ways. Players will wear the renowned sky blue jersey of Manchester City eSports while we nourish and support them through our latest FIFA Training Program, enhancing their abilities as pro players.”
Bryan Healy, Chief Strategy Officer at Gfinity, said: “Congratulations to Epsilon and Manchester City on joining forces for Elite Series 4, FIFA 19. It is another great example of the convergence of the real world and the digital world. The partnership will drive even greater global interest in the competition. The bar has been raised yet again and that is great for Elite Series fans.”
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About Manchester City Football Club
Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club initially founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, five League Championship titles, including three Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018), and five FA Cups. Manchester City is one of six teams comprising the City Football Group which includes New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F. Marinos, Club Atlético Torque and FC Girona. Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games. For more information, please visit www.mancity.com
Epsilon eSports was launched in 2008 with the aim of establishing themselves as one of the leading brand names in the world of esports. Epsilon is based throughout Europe and has achieved the highest possible results in a variety of games such as Fifa, CS:GO, Call of Duty, League of Legends, Battlefield, H1Z1, plus winning the 2016 SMITE World Championship. With our philosophy of having teams consisting of players all over Europe, they are given the opportunity to showcase their talents to the world under the Epsilon brand both online and at major esports events around the globe. All our players are under contract, allowing them to evolve in a steady and full time environment, ensuring performance and professionalism.
Gfinity (LON: GFIN) is a world-leading esports solutions provider. Its business to business platform, “Powered by Gfinity”, delivers managed services to game publishers, sports rights holders, commercial partners and media companies. Gfinity creates bespoke solutions, including competitions and industry leading content production, connecting its partners with the esports community in authentic and innovative ways. Partnerships include EA SPORTS, F1 Esports Series, Halo World Championship and the Forza Racing Championship. Gfinity connects directly with competitive gaming consumers through its owned competition platform, the “Gfinity Elite Series”. The Series enables competitive gamers to be part of the Gfinity community, testing themselves and developing new skills, while providing a pathway for those who aspire to a career in esports to join a leading professional team. “Gfinity Elite Series” content is distributed through linear and digital channels and is enjoyed by tens of millions of esports fans around the world. All Gfinity managed service solutions and owned competitions are underpinned by its proprietary technology platform delivering a level playing field for all competitors and supporting scalable multi-format leagues, ladders and knock out competitions. More information about Gfinity is available at www.gfinityplc.com
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