FIFA esports at a crossroads as the global lockdown hits pros hard

May 15, 2020
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In times such as these, it seems frivolous to worry about something like competitive FIFA, but for hundreds of players around the world, the complete shutdown of FIFA’s esports scene has caused personal upheaval, a loss of income and a lack of direction as to the future of the sport.

I spoke to players from across the professional scene, from a player who also maintains a full-time job to one of the world’s top competitors, and each expressed anxiety about EA’s plan for competitive FIFA, which remains off the table as physical events are a no-go.

When asked about what has been the biggest change in the FIFA esports scene, Donovan “Tekkz” Hunt, the 17-year-old wonderkid who at the time of the shutdown was the highest ranked player on Xbox, said the scene has essentially died.

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