The English Premier League is replacing live events with eSports contests

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Posted on: April 21, 2020 6:17 pm EDT

The continued sports shutdown because of the coronavirus is leading to creative solutions by the leagues

Another major sports league in the world has succumbed to the recent trend of turning to eSports in a quest to offer some kind of sports entertainment amid this coronavirus pandemic that has everyone on lockdown. England’s Premier League is looking for options to replace the real-life soccer tournaments that were all canceled. In this new event, the League has announced that several athletes will compete against each other in the EA Sports FIFA 20 video game, with the series scheduled to take place from today to April 24.

The English Premier League shared more details yesterday about this new virtual event, explaining that a number of soccer players will be matched with opponents to play FIFA 20. It will have a prize but not for the winner; the prize funds will be donated to the NHS. In the bracket for this series, there will be several opening rounds taking place on April 21 at 12:00 BST and will run through April 24. A total of four matches will be played each day until its completion before the winners move on to the semi-final matches leading to the big finale on April 25.

Those fans that are wondering where to watch this virtual soccer championship, the matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Also, fans can access the matches on the Sky Sports Twitch and YouTube on the Football Daily YouTube channel. Mobile versions can also be accessed through the Premier League’s app or the website, and even on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. For US fans who also enjoy watching this league, the matches will be available on NBCSN.

Other major sports and entertainment organizations have been doing the same. Just recently, NASCAR and the NFL turned to virtual options as an alternative to bring entertainment to the fans.