Next week, 40 FIFA 19 players representing the 20 Premier League clubs will compete at the ePremier League Final in London. This gathering of the best FIFA players in the UK is one hell of a shop-window opportunity – the two-day tournament will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, sandwiched between real-life football coverage and ad breaks packed with betting promos. The winner isn’t just guaranteed a trophy – they’re guaranteed exposure.
But while this culmination of the inaugural ePremier League is supposed to be a celebration of FIFA 19 as an esport and those in the UK who play it competitively, behind the scenes FIFA 19 is not thought to be in the best of places.
“The current state, I don’t think it’s brilliant,” Dan Hilliard, who represents Brighton / PS4 in the ePL, tells me in a phone interview.