The Orlando Pirates eSports players will be eyeing a place in the final 32 of the eWorld Cup which starts on November 3rd.

As the national teams play their final rounds of fixtures in pursuit of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year, so will players of the eSports fraternity.

EA Sports has announced a revamp of its FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) franchise with the newly branded FIFA eWorld Cup.

Our eSports team is ready to take on some of the best players around to seal a spot at the eWorld Cup which takes place in August next year.

With an estimated 1.6 million competitive players all eyeing a berth in the eWorld Cup, the road to eWorld Cup glory will be a long, finger busting, data-consuming journey.

FIWC has evolved rapidly since its inception in 2004 and has set the standard for competitive football played on EA Sports FIFA, giving virtual footballers the chance to express themselves at the highest level of competition.

According to FIFA and partners EA Sports, they are committed to taking the biggest global tournament for the EA Sports FIFA-series to the next level.

It’s time to say goodbye to the FIWC as we expand into a new format for competitive football gaming better suited to the massive potential and demands of eSports. It’s time to take the FIWC and all those involved with it to the next level. Welcome on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup,” read statement from EA Sports.

About the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series (November 2017 to July 2018)

The FIFA Global Series is the yearlong qualification tour for the FIFA eWorld Cup 18 Grand Final. Competitors will qualify based on FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) Champions Weekend League online performance and at blockbuster live qualifying events throughout the year.

Through the FIFA 18 Global Series, EA and FIFA will identify the top-ranked 128 competitors (64 competitors representing PlayStation®4 and 64 competitors representing Xbox One) to advance to the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoffs. The Playoffs, in turn, lead to the final stop on the Global Series Tour – the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 18 - where one champion will be crowned, lives transformed and dreams suddenly realised.