EA is the latest big name in the gaming industry to throw their weight behind eSports. The company has just announced its own special eSports division, called the Competitive Gaming Division. CGD will be completely dedicated to creating competitions and communities around EA’s biggest titles.
“For many of you, the passion for games is defined by competition–a relentless focus on being the best, and leaving your mark on the games you love,” said EA CEO Andrew Wilson. “It fuels many of the amazing things we see from millions of you playing EA games each day. As this passion continues to grow, we’re committed to creating even more opportunities for you to connect and compete.”
CGD will be focusing on three goals:
- Competition – “To create highly-engaging competitive experiences with our games, officially supported by Electronic Arts.”
- Community – “To celebrate, connect and grow our community of players across all levels of expertise.”
- Entertainment – “To develop live events and broadcasting that bring the spectacle of competition to millions of people around the world.”
The games EA has confirmed it is planning to build competition around are FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield, though others were hinted. Star Wars Battlefront may be a contender, but we’ll have wait and see.