Why Major League Soccer Is Bullish About Its Upcoming Esports Tournament

Lessons from Nascar and the NBA have guided its planning

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Athletes playing video games appears to be the backup plan of choice for sports companies during the coronavirus shutdown. First, iRacing took over for Formula 1 and Nascar events with impressive success. Soon after, the NBA announced an NBA 2K competition featuring top players. Now, Major League Soccer is getting involved with the most expansive gaming crossover to date.

Some of the biggest stars in the MLS and international soccer will join players from eMLS, the league’s existing esports structure, to compete for five weeks in FIFA 20 in the eMLS Tournament Special, set to begin Sunday.




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