The Philadelphia Union are Getting in on the ESports Thing

The “four for four” Philadelphia sports fan might find both soccer and video games to be incredibly dorky.

And the only thing dorkier is when you combine the two in some way, shape, or form, which is exactly what’s happening in 2018.

Major League Soccer is partnering with EA Sports to create “eMLS,” a competitive FIFA 18 league. This is basically the exact same thing that the NBA is doing with the NBA 2k League, where most of the franchises, Sixers included, will feature a competitive gaming counterpart.

The Union are one of 19 MLS teams involved in the inaugural FIFA league, where hopefully they’ll win a playoff game for the first time ever. According to the press release, “each club will pursue its own process to select a player from its region to represent it in eMLS competitive play.”

I guess that it’s just one player per franchise, so you’d better be damn good if you’re going to represent our hard working, blue collar, lunch pail type of city.

More from the release:

eMLS will feature eMLS Cup, MLS’s elite competitive gaming event, where each club’s pro will vie for an automatic berth in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs and a chance to be crowned the undisputed FIFA 18 World Champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 taking place in August this year. eMLS Cup will debut this April at PAX East, the enormously popular gaming culture festival in Boston that takes place this year from April 5-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

I haven’t played FIFA since 2010 or 2011, when I’d regularly get smoked by 14-year-olds rolling out Barcelona and Chelsea. I tried to compete with random underdog teams, but didn’t do so hot with the likes of Fenerbahce and Atalanta. At least I didn’t pick a cheesy five-star club.

Anyway, the real takeaway here is that another pro league is getting in on the eSports wave. Just this week, the Comcast-owned Philadelphia Fusion began play in the national Overwatch League, and they fucking killed the Houston Outlaws, 3-2.

They even had a bunch of people show up to watch:

Let’s go Fusion! clap clap, clapclapclap

Let’s go Fusion! clap clap, clapclapclap

Sure, Brian Dawkins is one of the toughest Philly athletes of all time, but I wouldn’t want to fuck with these guys:

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  • Dr Abraham Minstry January 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Less interested in this crap than I am their current crap

    No thanks

    But looking forward to many long winded pieces about it by the soccer writer

  • esports are the future January 12, 2018 at 11:34 am

    To quote Shang Tsung in the incredibly written 1995 cinematic masterpiece “Mortal Kombat”…

    “IT HAS BEGUN!!!!!!”

  • to quote Riley Martin... January 12, 2018 at 11:43 am

    The Tarqzissians are obviously reptilian

  • Rachel Dolezal January 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Spuds have any info on the philadelphia fusion guys??

  • ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE January 12, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    shadowburn and carpe are the 2 best players on the team. The fact they didnt play at all in the preseason and won their first game against a really good squad in the outlaws is promising.

    • ESPORTS ARE THE FUTURE January 12, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      That being said. Its still the Dynasty’s season to lose.

  • Sal Pal January 12, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Nobody cares

  • JG January 12, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    The lamest generation.

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