EA and ESPN announced Friday a partnership to broadcast FIFA and FIFA Ultimate Team competitive matches in the United States.
Per a release, the broadcast of this Saturday’s Paris Regional Final will mark the first time ESPN’s ever aired a FIFA esports event in the States. The final will be aired tape delayed on ESPN as counter programming to the Super Bowl, but cable subscribers will be able to watch it live on ESPN3 (streaming) and ESPN Deportes.
“We’re expanding our competitive gaming portfolio to include events that also resonate with traditional sports fans, and EA’s FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series fits perfectly into how we intend to continue to serve esports fans moving forward,” said Kevin Lopes, director of programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “The opportunity to reach this passionate audience globally in multiple languages is exciting, and we are pleased to do so as part of our long-standing relationship with EA.”
In addition to the broadcasts through ESPN channels, Twitch and YouTube will also carry live streams of the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Series Paris Regional Final.
Here’s the complete broadcast schedule for this weekend and future FUT Champions Final broadcasts:
- Saturday, February 4 (Paris): Live at 12 p.m. on ESPN Deportes & ESPN3
- Sunday, February 5 (Paris): 6-7 p.m. ESPN (Tape Delay)
- Saturday, February 11 (Sydney): Live at 3 a.m. on ESPN Deportes & ESPN3, 7 a.m. on ESPN2 (Tape Delay)
- Sunday, February 19 (Miami): Live at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, April 8 (Vancouver): Live at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, April 22 (Singapore): Live at 6 a.m. on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, May 6 (Madrid): Live at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes
- Saturday, May 20 (Berlin – Grand Final): Live at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 & ESPN Deportes