During their press briefing today, EA spent some time talking about how they plan to work the popularity of eSports into their game development. 

“Whether you’re an elite player competing for cash and prizes in global eSports events, or you’re taking your first steps to play online, we want everyone to feel the thrill of competition,” said Peter Moore, who is the head of the new initiative. “We’re passionate about making it easy to find great competition that’s fun, fair, and satisfying – at any skill level.”

EA plans to host events in a variety of categories:

  • Challenger: EA will help to facilitate the creation of competitions from members of the community.
  • Premier: These are live events hosted by external partners and may contain prize money.
  • EA Majors: These events are hosted by EA and will feature competitions with some of the best players.

Moore detailed the first EA Majors will be the Madden NFL 17 Championship Series. Four different EA Majors events will take place of the next year and a prize pool of $1 million is at stake.

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