The eWorld Cup, the biggest event in FIFA esports, is returning for FIFA 21 after last year’s competitive season was wiped out by the pandemic. The eWorld Cup brings together the best players of the season, and will be an offline event hosted in London this summer
32 players will earn a place at this year’s eWorld Cup, and with the FIFA Global Series Playoffs taking a regional, online form this year, different regions will have different numbers of spots. FIFA is also doing away with the console split for this year’s eWorld Cup, and every fixture will see players compete on both Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
The tournament begins with the group stage, which will split the field into four groups of eight. The top four players from each group will advance to a single-bracket knockout stage, meaning there are no second chances en route to the final.
As mentioned, the eWorld Cup is returning once again to London. The 2018, 2019, and (what would have been) 2020 editions of the tournament were all hosted at the O2 Arena, but a venue hasn’t yet been announced for 2021.
The tournament will take place across three days, running August 6-8.
The FIFAe World Cup is coming!
🇬🇧 London. 4-8 August
🔝 Top players from around the world
🎮 Cross-console competition
💰 $500,000 prize pool
— FIFAe (@FIFAe) May 14, 2021
There is also a $500,000 prize pool on the line, with half of that going to the eventual champion. This is in line with the last eWorld Cup in 2019, where German player Mohammed ‘MoAuba’ Harkous lifted the trophy and scooped the $250,000.
While the eWorld Cup has traditionally closed out the season, this year’s tournament will take place just two weeks before the FIFA eNations Cup in Copenhagen, which sees pro players represent their countries rather than their esports teams or football clubs.
While both tournaments are geographically quite close. FIFA is being ambitious here in attempting to hold two offline events within a short period of time in different locations.