Fox Sports has managed to acquire FIFA esports US broadcast rights in a deal that extends into the 2026 season. Fox Sports channels FS1 and FS2 will play host to all FIFA 19 Championship events this year as well as on its Caffeine streaming channels. Caffeine streamers are also welcome to host and commentate on the tournaments.
The Fox Sports network already boasts numerous exclusives within its ranks, and now it has added esports. They announced it had landed a lucrative contract to broadcast several FIFA 19 Global Series esports events in the United States. It began its coverage with the FUT Champions Cup over the weekend. This weekend, however, the network will be hosting the eNations Cup, the first FIFA tournament of its kind coming from London.
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If you’re American and want to watch the coverage, then you can catch it live at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 14 on FS2 and the Fox Sports app.
The number of events hosted by FIFA esports has tripled this season; now there are six FUT Champions Cups instead of two, and fifteen official football league partners increasing from eight.
Brent Koning, EA Sports FIFA Competitive Gaming Commissioner said, “Building upon last season’s success, we wanted to give more players around the world the opportunity to compete in the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series, as well as elevate the profile of the superstars of FIFA.”
Fox Sports empire
Fox’s multi-year contract includes broadcasting and streaming rights for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the 2026 FIFA World cup. The Football coverage empire they have is increasing constantly.
The network’s platform Caffeine will provide the streaming of the Global Series Worldwide. After Fox invested $100 million into the platform in the prior year, the project has grown consistently. The service will allow even amateur broadcasters to host and commentate on the events on their own channels.
Dubbed as a Twitch alternative, Caffeine will look to dominate the sports streaming niche for the future. By allowing users to stream the event live themselves with their own commentary, they open up the possibilities of new, more diverse streamers. This means with the correct guidance we could see the new dominant platform in its early stages.