The day was Saturday, 2nd March 2019, when people flooded onto LCFC Facebook and Twitter handles for live streaming, expert opinion, and reactions of EA’s first ever ePremier League FIFA 19 playoffs in the King Power Stadium, the home of Leicester City Football Club. 32 competitors took on each other (playing both PS4 and Xbox) in a bid to represent the Club in ePremier League Finals which is due to be held later in the month of March.
All the 20 Premier League playing clubs are part of the ePremier League too and are set to host or has already hosted a live playoff round for the ePL final which is due to be held through 28th and 29th March this year in London while Sky Sports and other EPL’s digital channels will broadcast it Live. Two competitors from each club, one for PS and the other for Xbox will have the opportunity to represent their clubs.
Last year, the participants were in abundance when they went for head-to-head online matches in an attempt to qualify for the playoffs and eventually represent Leicester City FC, was held in the gallery on Filbert Way which faces the pitch, had the best thirty two players which were equally divided into FIFA 19 contestants for PS4 and Xbox. To qualify for the final it was tasked to the challengers to win three rounds (i.e. online qualification, live playoffs and live ePL final) of two-legged fixtures in front of a large online crowd.
While talking to the LCFC Official TV, the winner of the PS4 final Preet Dhinsa (preet123) said that he wasn’t expecting to win at first place as he defeated his opponent Ethan Higgins (EthxnH) on the golden goal as both legs were tied. He said, “The final I won was a bit unorthodox, but I am happy nonetheless”. Preet was 3-2 down when in the final stages of the game he got a corner which was headed in to make it 3-3 and eventually carried on to the golden goal.
— Preet (@preeet123_) March 2, 2019
On the other hand, it was Alex Shaw (HashtagShawrey) beating Jordan Withers (Jordy1884) in the Xbox final by a score of 5 goals to 3 sealing the most desired medal of the day. A commentator labeled the event a huge success as the eSports industry grew exponentially over the last decade and continued attracting giant viewership.
LETS GOOOOO!! Won the Leicester EPL Playoffs and qualify for the live EPremierLeague final later this month! Buzzing to compete in another event, ggs to everyone I played! pic.twitter.com/FOfVCpHS0C
— Alex Shaw (@HashtagShawrey) March 2, 2019
Practicing at an average of 05 hours a day, the two victors are on track to compete against the other Premier League clubs, who definitely will be the best among them too. But this competition will help them get a global series ranking points, which will lead to the biggest platform of all the eWorld Cup. Then again who knows, some were playing only for the club they had loved.