The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced plans for a second edition of its UEFA eEurotournament. The Esports competitions is the first national team eFootball tournament powered by Konami and in partnership with UEFA. In May, Italy were crowned the champions of the first UEFA eEURO, beating Serbia in the final to clinch the inaugural eEuropean Championship.
“The UEFA eEuro has given efootball enthusiasts the chance to dream of representing their country on the biggest stage and all competing teams will be looking to emulate Italy who werevictorious earlier this year,” UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein said. Between November and December 2020, each association will nominate their team
Participants will be chosen through a domestic online or ‘physical’ tournament, unless a national efootball team already exists. The aim for all the contesting countries will be to qualify for the final tournament in London from July 9–10, scheduled just before the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 final at WembleyStadium on July 11.
This tournament will be played by professional Esports gamers, between two and four gamers, that represent their national team through the nomination of each participating National Association. The 55 UEFA member associations involved in the UEFA eEURO 2020 qualifiers will go from 16 down to eight. The format is similar to the real football event and will include a qualification phase and a final round.
“The inaugural UEFA eEuro was an undoubted success, with over 15 million people having watched competition footage across UEFA’s platforms,” Epstein added. “We have seen a massive growth in the popularity of efootball over the past few years and eEuro 2021 will continue to give us the opportunity to connect with new and existing fans of national team football.”
Italy bagged $40,000 out of a pool of $100,000 during the inaugural tournament, while the remaining amount from the prize pool will be split between the quarter-finalists, including runners-up Serbia. According to reports, tournament winners for the new edition will receive tickets to the real-life UEFA Euro 2020 final and an undisclosed cash pool.
The UEFA eEURO 2020 was played exclusively on Konami’s efootball PES 2020 on Playstation 4. Previously, Konami has confirmed that the Euro 2020 update will be available on June 4for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In that update pack, all 55 UEFA national teams will be featured in the DLC, with their latest kits and squads.