eLaLiga Santander, the official tournament of Fifa21 becomes more global than ever
For the first time, this year’s eLaLiga will bring an amateur competition to millions of fans around the world with the eLaLiga Santander Fan Cup.
The all-new international competition will feature 16 countries, 31 online tournaments, four regional finals and a grand final.
South Africans will be able to participate in this eSports tournament.
Locally, LaLiga will hold two online Fifa21 competitions to determine two South Africans who will participate in the regional tournament finals. Thereafter they will fight for a spot in eLaLiga Fan Cup grand finals.
During November and December, a series of online tournaments will be played in each region to select 24 contestants.
Through the first months of 2021, the finalists from each region will compete in three regional finals for a spot in the Fan Cup grand final in May in Madrid, Spain.
South African players – who will be paired in a “rest of the world” group that includes Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt – will battle for the top berths in February.
eSports is more than just a game
To showcase the influence of eGaming, in early June LaLiga teamed up with Orlando Pirates in organising a friendly Fifa20 challenge between the South African club and the LaLiga side Real Sociedad. The charity tournament was used to encourage South Africans to donate to the Solidarity Fund – a public benefit organisation with a mandate to support the national health response, contribute to humanitarian relief efforts and mobilise South Africans in the fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus.
The Fan Cup line-up
The competing nations are China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, US, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Ecuador, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Russia and Spain.
R190 000 at stake
In the grand final on May 8, players will compete for a prize pool of €10 000 (R190 000). Contestants will have the opportunity to compete in a professional environment and be treated to a VIP eLaLiga experience during the entire event.
Competitors will also get the chance to watch the best professional players in Spain battle it out after the Fan Cup concludes.
Interested fans can find more details and register through https://fancup.elaliga.gg/en/home