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EA Sports and NFL Unveil Extended Madden NFL 19 Championship Series

EA Sports and NFL Unveil Extended Madden NFL 19 Championship Series

By: Andrew Hayward Aug. 6, 2018 esports observer

EA Sports Database-Link-e1521645463907 and the National Football League today announced the Madden NFL 19Championship Series, an official esports league tied into the latest release of the annual football simulation series. The Championship Series begins with tomorrow’s release of the Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition, with the standard edition releasing this Friday, August 10.

According to EA Sports, the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series includes 60% more tournaments than last season’s Madden NFL 18 Database-Link-e1521645463907 competitive schedule, with additional events to be added along the way. It’s an extended competitive season compared to past Madden games, and also features many more events yet to be announced. Even with the growth, EA Sports touts it as an open system that allows players to “go from couch to champion.”

Four key Majors punctuate the schedule: the Madden NFL 19 Classic (October 11-13), Madden NFL 19 Club Championship (January 30–February 2, 2019), Madden NFL 19Challenge (March 15-17, 2019), and the Madden NFL 19 Bowl (held during NFL Draft week). By playing in  those and smaller events, competitors earn points that can help them secure a spot in the season-ending Madden NFL 19 Bowl.

Additionally, the Club Championship process allows each NFL team to crown a pro representative to play on its behalf in the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series. The Club Championship boasts Madden‘s largest single-event prize pool to date at $700,000. The total season prize pool of $1.255M is also the largest tally to date.

Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of EA’s Competitive Gaming Division, said:

“Last year, a record three million players competed in the MCS, and the Madden NFL 18Challenge was the number-one rated 2017 esports broadcast in North America. In continued partnership with the NFL, its 32 clubs, and ESPN, we accelerate with more tournaments, an extended season, a record Madden NFL 19 Club Championship prize pool, increased live event qualification spots, and top-tier digital and linear programming available on ESPN. We are maximizing the ways to play and watch Madden.”

As Sitrin mentioned, ESPN will telecast events from the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series via its various networks. The ESPN schedule has not yet been revealed for the season.

“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with EA and the NFL as we showcase world-class competition through Madden,” said John Lasker, VP of digital media programming at ESPN. “We have a long history with the NFL, and this multi-year Madden engagement is a natural evolution to our relationship and illustrates our commitment to esports as we amplify Madden across our ESPN global platforms.”

“We view esports as a key accelerant to growing the NFL, as it enables new ways for young fans to engage in the sport through Madden NFL competition,” added Michelle Micone, the NFL’s senior vice president of consumer products. “Competitive Maddenunlocks great potential, as the authenticity it provides enhances engagement and connection between our 32 NFL clubs and football fans around the world.”


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