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Mason Mount joins Combat Gaming, sister company of Gareth Bale’s Ellevens Esports, and will host a new content series

As each week passes, we are seeing more footballers and sports stars crossover into the world of esports and gaming. Last month, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Man United’s Harry Maguire joined new UK esports org Semper Fortis as ambassadors. David Beckham recently talked about the launch of Guild Esports’ academy. And last year, Dele Alli joined Excel Esports. Now Chelsea FC and England international footballer Mason Mount has been announced as the first official brand Ambassador for Combat Gaming, an entertainment, gaming and media company which organises celebrity gaming events. Continue reading Mason Mount joins Combat Gaming, sister company of Gareth…

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As esports continues to boom in popularity, why is opinion split over FIFA?

Promoted article (contains affiliate links) If you were to ask a random esports outsider to pick a video game they’d imagine would do really well in professional, competitive play, they might well point to FIFA. After all, it’s a game that simulates an actual, real-life sport. So it stands to reason it would translate brilliantly as an esport, right? Well, the consensus within the community is certainly mixed rather than a resounding yes. Continue reading As esports continues to boom in popularity, why is opinion split over FIFA?

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The Guild Academy officially launches: Full details revealed including online training programs and Parents Centre, physical UK coaching locations, how much it costs & more

Guild Esports, the UK-based esports organisation co-owned by David Beckham, has today launched its anticipated academy, which players can pay to join. Guild says this academy will be ‘the world’s most comprehensive and innovative esports online academy’, offering a ‘sustainable and scalable’ path to pro for esports talent based on many of the English Premier League’s player development systems. It will also feature a separate Parents Centre, which David Beckham has spoken about below. Continue reading The Guild Academy officially launches: Full details revealed including online training programs and Parents Centre, physical UK coaching locations, how much it costs &…

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FIFAe World Cup 2021 returns to London once again after last year’s break

The FIFAe World Cup will return to London this year after a break in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The FIFA 21 Global Series will climax on August 6th to 8th 2021, with 32 of the world’s best FIFA players gathering to compete for the FIFAe World Cup 202 trophy. The finals have been held in London in recent years, with Saudi Arabian player Msdossary winning the FIFAe World Cup in 2018 (pictured) and German player MoAuba in 2019. Continue reading FIFAe World Cup 2021 returns to London once again after last year’s break

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FIFA 21 is coming to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass next week

By Sherif Saed 30 April 2021 13:45 GMT FIFA 21’s turn to join the EA Play library is almost here.EA has announced that the full game of FIFA 21 is joining the standard tier of EA Play beginning May 6 on all platforms. This also means that it’s going to be available as part of Xbox Game Pass on PC, and Game Pass Ultimate on Xbox.Watch on YouTubeTo celebrate the launch, EA Play members will get access to unique in-game challenges and rewards, as well as FIFA Ultimate Team kits and Volta Football gear. EA Play members also get a…

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LDN UTD partners with Rio Ferdinand Foundation for UTD Against Racism event, including a FIFA 21 celebrity pro-am

UK esports org LDN UTD and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation have today announced UTD Against Racism, an online event empowering the young community through esports. Fans will be offered the opportunity to compete in open qualifiers for FIFA 21 with a chance to play alongside influencers and sports athletes in the finals brackets on Sunday May 30th, which will be broadcast live on LDN UTD’s Twitch channel and produced by 1080 Media. All profits from the event will be donated, along with funds raised through the stream, to deliver empowerment and skills workshops, in a bid to enable young people…

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SAF Global Gaming announce FIFA esports academy and first signing

SAF (Serious About FIFA) Global Gaming have announced they are launching their own esports academy within FIFA esports.  Tommy Mackie is the first UK player to join the academy team. Having recently turned 15 years old, he has already achieved multiple top 200 finishes in the FIFA Weekend League and has had several 30-0 weekends. SAF say he ‘could have a very bright future in FIFA esports with the guidance of SAF’.  The SAF FIFA academy will allow SAF to identify FIFA players who are not yet eligible to play in FIFA Global Series (FGS) events at an early age…

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Shellzz wins 2020/21 ePremier League on penalties for Manchester City

Manchester City FIFA player Shaun ‘Shellzz’ Springette has won the 2020/21 ePremier League (ePL) after a tense grand final. Shellzz won the first leg 4-2, but Leeds United’s Olle ‘Ollelito’ Arbin took the second leg 3-1, making the final score tied 5-5, taking the final to extra time. Ollelito took the lead at the start of extra time, but Shellzz levelled things up to make it 6-6 and take the game to penalties. Continue reading Shellzz wins 2020/21 ePremier League on penalties for Manchester City

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EA bans FIFA player for life after they sent racial abuse to footballer Ian Wright

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 17:55 GMT This follows the teenager being spared a conviction in a court ruling this week. Publisher Electronic Arts has issued a lifetime ban to a FIFA player who sent racial abuse to the footballer Ian Wright.As reported by Eurogamer, 18-year-old Patrick O’Brien lost a game in FIFA Ultimate Team last year while they were using the Ian Wright icon card. So, they did the only logical thing: send the real Ian Wright a load – 20 messages – of racist abuse via Instagram in May 2020. The case obviously went to court,…

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EA will challenge €10 million fine in The Netherlands over FIFA loot boxes

EA has yet again found itself in hot water for including loot boxes in FIFA.In 2018, the Kansspelautoriteit, Netherland’s Gaming Authority, held an investigation into loot boxes and their relation to gambling in ten games. The Ksa found four of them to be in violation of gambling laws in the country.At the time, the Ksa didn’t reveal the four offending games, though FIFA is believed to have been among them. Nevertheless, the Gaming Authority gave everyone until June of the same year to make the necessary changes, or risk facing fines. Now, the Kansspelautoriteit has announced that everyone except EA…


EA faces loot box lawsuit in Canada for games including FIFA

By Alex Calvin, Thursday, 22 October 2020 17:07 GMT Electronic Arts is being sued in Canada over its use of loot boxes.The lawsuit first appeared in Business in Vancouver’s Who’s Getting Sued article – as spotted by The Patch Notes – which show that a class action lawsuit is being brought against the publishing giant.The Notice of Civil Claim – filed on September 30th by plaintiffs Mark Sutherland and Shawn Moore – argues that EA is not only operating an unlicensed gambling business, but that the company has also been unjustly enriched in the process. They are suing EA on…


Not all FIFA 21 progress will transfer from current-gen to next-gen

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 8 October 2020 16:37 GMT Not all of your FIFA 21 progress will transfer from current-gen to next-gen, according to EA.EA has offered up some information on what will and will not transfer from the current-gen version of FIFA 21 to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.According to the company, all progress and content within FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, and progression in Volta will transfer from PS4 to PS5 and from Xbox One to Xbox Series X/S.However, as Eurogamer notes, progress within all other modes will not. This includes Online Seasons, co-op Seasons, Career Mode, and Pro Clubs….

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Interview with British freestyle football champion Andrew Henderson on joining gaming platform Bast and his freestyle career: ‘Overcoming the adversity of my injury made me more determined to become world champion’

Andrew Henderson suffered a serious leg injury at age 16, before going on to become one of the world’s best freestyle footballers. Now, he’s on new gaming platform Bast where fans can play against him online. But what’s his history in gaming and freestyle and how did his career lead him to collabs with Ronaldo, Messi and more? Dominic Sacco asks him in this interview. Please tell us about yourself and how you got into freestyle football. I grew up in Cornwall, now live in London. I have always played sport and played some many different sports growing up. I…

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FIFA 21 New Icons List: Every Ultimate Team Legend Revealed

With the end of the longest football season ever fast approaching, it’s almost time for the latest refresh to EA’s flagship franchise and a new batch of Ultimate Team Icons with FIFA 21. FIFA 21 has already been confirmed as a cross-generation title, and while you can claim a next-gen upgrade for free, we know that the current-gen version will drop on October 6, 2020. FIFA 21 New Icons11 new legends grace the pitch in Ultimate Team for FIFA 21. While there are some classic names in there, this year’s crop leans heavily into noughties nostalgia and includes players that…