This year will be an excellent year for FIFA 18 Esports now that the World Cup mode is available with a few updates on some professional football players getting a better performance upgrade after winning a few matches. TWhe Football World Cup in full swing, the third round of matches in the Group stages are ongoing at the moment.
Back in 1998, when France won the World Cup, EA Sports have released FIFA game year after year and now has reached its 18th edition. News has already gone out that FIFA 19 will be out in the future.
EA Sports, the FIFA game developers have made an update to the World Cup mode a few weeks in time with the real-life event. The gaming mode is available to download for free for all those who own the FIFA 18 suitable to play on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. A great way to train with your favourite football players through the match hoping to win the Football Championship Cup from the comfort of your home.
The FIFA World Cup digital version started to be available for free back in 2010 in the World Cup held in South Africa. Better yet, players got to compete against the rest of the world in online and offline matches, which has grown into what you know as the Ultimate Team mode. In fact, within a few years competing in FIFA esports tournaments grew in popularity. There are professional gamers who have been signed on with football teams such as RB Leipzig, Vfl Wolfsburg, Schalke, VfB Stuttgart and many more.
However, not all football clubs are in favour of having an esports team. Only recently, the President of Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness decided against creating a new esports department. According to him, esports does not fit with their branding profile.
Bayern Munich is one of Germany’s most successful football clubs that have won the Bundesliga 28 times and five times the European Cup. Unfortunately, his disapproval of having an esports team could prove to be a missed opportunity for marketing purposes and fan base outreach.
Back in 2016, Bayern Munich was interested in the idea of starting up an esports team and have partnered up with EA Sports as their gaming sponsor. The CEO at the time, Karl-Heinz Rummeniage was quite eager about the sponsorship for it was beneficial to reach fan bases worldwide. A few years have passed since then, having several sports teams in Basketball, Bowling, Chess, Handball and Table Tennis, but esports will not be a part of that competitive sporting list.
In a report published by Bayern Munich, the football club had their eyes on League of Legends, Dota 2 and the latest trending esports game, Fortnite. Last January 2018, they hosted an event, Hackdays to explore the possibilities of new technology and software giving some insight into electronic gaming.
Whatever kind of game you play, competition plays an important part. Whether it is football or FIFA 18 esports, the strategies and skills remain the key to win a World Cup match hopefully.