The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) has teamed up with gaming specialists UMG Media to launch the first ever esports series of competitions for the league’s stars.
The initiative will pit both active and retired Major League Baseball (MLB) players against each other, starting with the MLBPA Fortnite Challenge on 1st October. Fans will be able to watch the competition on Amazon-owned streaming platform Twitch, which will show all matches from the series.
The inaugural competition will culminate with a live championship finals in Las Vegas in December, with UMG also partnering with Caesars Entertainment and The Wall Gaming Lounge esports venue to host the event. The finals will feature 16 teams of MLB players competing for the MLBPA Challenge Series title and cash prizes.
Various MLB players have already been confirmed for the Fortnite Challenge, including Lance McCullers Jr., Trevor May and Trea Turner.
“We’ve all watched major league players compete against each other on the field, now we’ll have the opportunity to test their video game skills against each other, as well,” said Evan Kaplan, the MLBPA’s director of licensing and business development. “We’re excited to team with UMG JMG Series Corp for this new series.”
“Being part of the first esports initiative of the MLBPA is very exciting, and initial response of the players has been tremendous, I can’t wait to see them compete,” added Emil Bodenstein of UMG JMG. “Partnering with the MLBPA and Caesars for such a unique series is great for both the players and their fans.”