NEW YORK – Major League Soccer announced today that eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation, the marquee event for MLS’ EA SPORTS FIFA 19 league, is returning to PAX East on Saturday, March 30 in Boston, with a new PAX After Hours format. The eMLS Cup will also feature distribution on Twitch, alongside Twitter and MLSsoccer.com.
“We’re excited to launch PAX After Hours at eMLS Cup. eMLS aims to live at the cross-section of gaming and soccer culture, and activating with a partner like PAX East is key to realizing this goal. Building eMLS Cup as an after-hours event positions us to bring a new experience to the PAX East audience,” said MLS Senior Director of Properties and Events, James Ruth.
This celebration of gaming and soccer culture is set to take place on the Saturday evening (March 30) of PAX East at The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston. eMLS Cup is MLS’ premier competitive gaming event, featuring elite FIFA players representing 22 MLS clubs vying for the eMLS Cup trophy and 850 points toward qualification in the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019, alongside a series of other prizes.*
“The PAX team is excited to partner with Major League Soccer, Electronic Arts, and PlayStation in adding this FIFA 19 competition to the stellar lineup of fun activities and special events taking place at and alongside PAX East this year,” said Ryan Hartman, Director of Events, Penny Arcade. “We’re excited to see everyone at the show in Boston March 28-31 and will certainly be watching eMLS Cup festivities when they kick off on Saturday evening.”
Twitch and Twitter will be featured distribution platforms for eMLS Cup and a series of other events, including eMLS All-Star Challenge. eMLS Cup will be streamed live on Twitch.tv/eMLS and Twitter.com/MLS and other owned and operated channels.
The knockout rounds at eMLS Cup will feature the eMLS players ranked highest after as a series of regular season and tournament play across eMLS League Series One Los Angeles, eMLS League Series Two Dallas.
Philadelphia Union’s eMLS competitor Cormac Doolsta won eMLS League Series One and Two presented by PlayStation.
eMLS is an Official League Partner of EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series. The winner of eMLS Cup will receive 850 Global Series points, supporting their qualification for the FIFA eWorld Cup. The top 32 competitors in the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 Global Series will advance to the FIFA eWorld Cup, where the winner will be crowned the undisputed FIFA 19 World Champion.
For more information on eMLS Cup, including participating clubs and player signings, visit www.MLSsoccer.com. PAX East is an annual festival that celebrates the gaming community with exhibits, panels, tournaments and more. For further details, visit http://east.paxsite.com.
*Eligibility restrictions apply for EA SPORTS FIFA Global Series Playoffs. See official rules for details. Final terms and structure subject to change.
ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 27 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, including future expansion teams in Nashville, Miami and Austin. The League plans to have 28 clubs in the coming years. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com.
ABOUT PAX EAST
PAX or Penny Arcade Expo is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. First held in Seattle in 2004, PAX has nearly doubled in size each successive year, with PAX Prime 2014 selling out of tickets in a matter of minutes. Connecting the world's leading game publishers with their most avid and influential fans, PAX expanded with a second show in Boston in 2010 and a third in San Antonio in 2015, making it the three largest gaming shows in North America. The first international PAX was held in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. In 2017, Penny Arcade announced PAX Unplugged, its first tabletop focused show, to be held in Philadelphia.