The Premier League and EA have announced the launch of the first-ever ePremier League (ePL) tournament. The tournament will give UK-based players the chance to compete for and represent their favourite Premier League side in competitive gaming.

All 20 Premier League sides will be represented in the tournament, which will be run by esports specialists Gfnity. Online opening rounds begin in January, followed by live club playoffs and the eventual live ePL Final. All 20 Premier League clubs will have a live playoff round allowing two EA SPORTS FIFA 19 competitors, one per platform (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), a final shot to advance to the final, which takes place in London on March 28-29. The final will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and Premier League social channels.

EA’s SVP and GM of the Competitive Gaming Division, Todd Sitrin, said: “The Premier League’s global reach and intensely passionate fanbase pushes EA SPORTS FIFA competition to unprecedented heights as we accelerate esports growth through traditional sports.”

Whilst Premier League managing director, Richard Masters, commented saying: “We know that millions of fans play FIFA and this new esports competition will provide our clubs with an exciting opportunity to engage with them. We can’t wait to get started with the opening online rounds in January 2019.”

The move from the Premeir Leagues comes off the back of the success of EA's FIFA eWorld Cup. Read all about the esports phenomenom here.