eSports & Gaming , OTT & Digital

Fox Sports seals Fifa eWorld Cup broadcasting rights

Streaming platform Caffeine to simulcast the esports tournament.

by Joe Levy

Fox Sports seals Fifa eWorld Cup broadcasting rights

Fox Sports has acquired the US broadcast and streaming rights for the upcoming Fifa eWorld Cup and a number of other FIFA series esports competitions.

The deal sees Fox also broadcast the inaugural Fifa eNations Cup from London on 13th and 14th April.

Fox will show the eWorld Cup, the flagship esports event organised by world soccer’s governing body, live on Fox Sports Two with a rerun on Fox Sports One. The tournament will also be available to stream via the Fox Sports app.

Live-streaming platform Caffeine, which Fox invested US$100 million into in last September, will also show the eWorld Cup and Fifa 19 Global Series events.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our ongoing connection with Fifa and our esports presence together with Caffeine,” said Joe Franzetta, Fox Sports vice president of rights and business relationships.

Christian Volk, Fifa’s director of esports, added: “As part of continued and ongoing growth and professionalisation of eFootball around the world, we are excited to have Fox Sports and Caffeine onboard to broadcast Fifa 19 Global Series events, as well as the FIFA eNations Cup and FIFA eWorld Cup later this year.

“Fox Sports and Caffeine are both recognized and highly-respected broadcasters in their own right, and we look forward to working closely with them to further showcase eFootball.”

The Fifa eWorld Cup Grand Final will take place at the O2 Arena in London from 2nd to 4th August.