Following the success of the second Gfinity Elite Series, which received over 5 million online views in more than 30 different countries, Gfinity is pleased to announce Season 3 of the Gfinity Elite Series, commencing on March 9th, 2018.
Season 1 and 2 of the Gfinity Elite Series received a combined total of 9 million views, with fans around the globe watching through a range of high profile streaming and broadcast partners including Twitch, BBC Three, BT Sport and Eleven Sport. Gfinity expects to build on these numbers with the addition of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 to its schedule and some of the world’s biggest esports teams.
As Season 3 starts the Gfinity Elite Series will become an accredited official of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier as EA (Electronic Arts Inc.) brings competitive FIFA to millions of fans around the world through its Global Series. FIFA 18 is emerging as an increasingly important game in the esports industry regarding both participation and viewership. Its predecessor FIFA 16 saw an average 9,405 viewers on Twitch in January 2016 compared to an average 13,804 viewers on Twitch of FIFA 18 in January 2018.
The Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 will also have tournaments featuring the popular games Rocket League and Street Fighter V which have both featured in the Elite Series since Season 1. Rocket League was the fourth most watched game on Twitch in 2017 according to Newzoo with a total of 4.7 million streaming hours. Street Fighter V is also considered to be one of the most popular esports games in the world, evidenced by a total prize pool of $1,885,565.66 across 91 Street Fighter V tournaments from February 2016 to December 2017.
As well as the inclusion of FIFA 18, Season 3 of the Gfinity Elite Series debuts the participation of several new esports franchises, including Hashtag United, Team Alpha Republic of Esports (‘ARES’) and UNILAD Esports. You can find more information on the contenders in the Gfinity Elite Series Season 3 in our Meet The Teams article here.
If you would like to find out more about the upcoming Elite Series or have any other enquiries relating to Gfinity, feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected] Full details of the Elite Series Season 3 will follow on gfinityesports.com.