Major League Soccer and EA discuss partnership at Esports Bar Miami

The premier business conference and forum for esports begins next month.

The Esports BAR in Miami is always one of the most interesting forums for discussion on the competitive gaming industry, and the organization just added a fascinating keynote for their late September symposium: a fireside chat between the MLS and EA.

That’s right. From Sept. 24 through 26, the conference will be joined by Major League Soccer’s Business Ventures President and Managing Director Gary Stevenson and Electronic Art’s General Manager of its Competitive Gaming Division Todd Sitrin. Together, they’ll be discussing the booming competitive FIFA scene, and the newly launched esports sector for MLS, eMLS. The topics will focus on how the FIFA franchise has nurtured an unparalleled symbiosis between the esports scene, and what happens on the pitch every weekend.

“The MLS entry into esports, in partnership with EA Sports, is yet another sign of a major US sports league connecting to esports players and spectators to promote both US-based soccer and grow competitive gaming,” said Stéphane Gambetta, Head of Esports BAR Business Development, in the press release. “Having Todd Sitrin and Gary Stevenson at Esports BAR Miami confirms our commitment to providing delegates with access to the industry game-changers as they elevate the powerful combination of esports and traditional sports.”

“We are thrilled at the impact eMLS made on the intersection of competitive gaming and traditional sports in its first season,” Gary Stevenson added. “This step forward into competitive gaming alongside EA promotes deeper engagement with the sport and elevates our league and sport to millions around the world.”

The Esports Bar was founded in 2017, and serves as a nexus point for the thousands of companies investing into esports. This year’s edition will be joined by a roster of over 300 delegates, including organizations like Riot Games, Cloud9, Best Buy, and Dreamhack. Alongside MLS and EA, you can expect keynotes from Chris Hopper, Riot Games’ head of North American Esports, and Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer.

Tickets to the Miami Esports Bar are available now, and a full itinerary is posted on the website.

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