ESPN FC is teaming up with EA SPORTS™ and Virgin Gaming to present to soccer fans on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 the ESPN FC Champions Cup, ESPN’s major online gaming tournament including the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and Latin America. In collaboration with EA SPORTS and Virgin Gaming, the two overall winners on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will win an all-expense paid trip to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. for the live televised final on ESPN FC and a behind-the-scenes tour of the studios on February 5. The winner will receive a $2,500 USD grand prize.
Sign-ups are open throughout the qualifying round on VirginGaming.com/ESPNFC, where players can register for a Virgin Gaming account, opt-in to the ESPN FC Champions Cup leaderboards and begin qualifying. All prizing for the ESPN FC Champions Cup will be awarded through Virgin Gaming. The free-to-enter tournament for premium and non-premium users will advance the top two players on each of the four leaderboards into the online bracketed semifinal round. Virgin Gaming Premium users will continue to have access to added benefits such as the Gamer Training Institute to hone their skills, chances at additional weekly and monthly prizes and added partner benefits.
Every game played in the EA SPORTS Arena will count towards an overall ranking in the leaderboards. They include:
- Week 1, December 16-22: Most Games Played
- Week 2, December 23-29: Most Wins
- Week 3, January 6-12: Most Goals Scored
- Week 4, January 13-19: Most Shots on Goal
The 16-person bracketed semifinals will be held on January 24-25 in a three round, single elimination game online leading up to the champion of each console. Weekly updates will be featured on ESPN FC throughout the tournament. Additionally, fans will be able to follow the tournament leaderboards though social media pages from ESPN FC, EA SPORTS and Virgin Gaming.
About ESPN FC:
ESPN FC is ESPN’s multi-language, multi-country and multiplatform soccer brand. In its first year, ESPNFC.com grew to be the no. 1 soccer-specific site in the U.S., consistently leading the way in terms of audience. The site also features influential voices and quality coverage from renowned international soccer journalists Gabriele Marcotti, Roger Bennett, Iain Macintosh, James Horncastle, Michael Cox, Jeff Carlisle, Fernando Duarte, Tim Vickery and others. The Sunday edition (12 midnight ET) of ESPN FC on TV is a one-hour program – wrapping up the best highlights, news, reactions and opinions, from the weekend’s soccer action while looking ahead to what the results mean to the teams and their respective leagues. Monday through Friday (5:30 p.m., ESPN2), the program airs for 30-minute editions each day, highlighting the biggest news and issue of the day in soccer.
About EA SPORTS:
EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.
About Virgin Gaming:
Introduced in June 2010, Virgin Gaming is the premier destination for competitive console gamers to meet, challenge and play in head-to-head matches and tournaments for cash and prizes. With an array of proprietary features, including a Fair Play Guarantee™ (with automatic game results validation), Virgin Gaming allows gamers of all skill levels from around the world to safely and easily compete online against friends and other members in some of their favorite multiplayer games. A leading-edge convergence of competitive online gaming and video games, the service offers robust community features with member pages, community reputation and skill ratings, a variety of exciting tournament formats and more. For additional information on the company or the all-new Virgin Gaming Premium service, visit http://www.virgingaming.com/.
Kristie Chong Adler, ESPN
Craig Sinel / Ron Burgess, fortyseven communications for Virgin Gaming
Shirley Chu, EA SPORTS