Inaugural eISL launched in collaboration with EA Sports

Mudeet Arora
Inaugural eISL has been launched by FSDL and NODWIN Gaming
Inaugural eISL has been launched by FSDL and NODWIN Gaming / Indian Super League, EA Sports

Football Sports Development (FSDL) and South Asia's leading esports company NODWIN Gaming have launched eISL in partnership with EA SPORTSTM.

This partnership means that the Indian Super League has became our nation's first major sports league to try venture into competitive gaming.

The intention of launching the eISL is to provide an exciting platform to engage the football fanbase in India.

ISL's official website have announced that the first edition of the eISL will take place alongside the Hero ISL 2021-22 season from November 20. Thereafter, the eISL finals will be held on March 20, 2022.

The qualifications for the league will take place between 1-3 November 2021 and the Finals will be held on 19 & 20 March 2022.

A total of 117 matches will be played as this new esports tournament, which will also be an official league qualifying event to the EA SPORTS TM FIFA22 GLOBAL SERIES (FGS) Playoffs.

How everything works?

Aspiring EA SPORTS TM FIFA 22 esports athletes of the country will compete in a total of 11 online qualifiers.

Each qualifier will determine the representatives for the 11 clubs - 1 qualifier per club. Each club will play 2 athletes - 1 male & 1 female. An additional 12th all-female qualifiers will determine the selection of the female players in each club. 

The rest of the 11 qualifiers will be held in the order of the final ISL 2020-21 season standings.

The tournament will have online qualifiers, regular season and grand finals.

The clubs will play round-robin matches alongside the inaugural eISL season and a leader board will be put in place.

The top 4 clubs will advance to the Grand Finals.

The finalists will play in a double-elimination format to determine the winner.

Keeping the safety measures in place, a bio-secure bubble will be set up for players in Gurugram, Haryana during the course of the eISL season.

How to register?

If you intend to register for the event, please visit the eISL website.

Prize money?

The prize pool of the tournament will be worth INR 74 Lacs and an additional INR 4 Lacs will be rewarded to the Season MVP.

Martin Bain, Chief Executive Officer at FSDL spoke about eISL and said, “Fan engagement is one of the key factors to building a sport and expanding its footprint. The growing online gaming landscape in India provides a great opportunity to engage with the next generation of fans in the country. The esports experience is vital to the future of football and we continue to evolve towards its growth.”

“eISL is an exciting platform and we are confident that it will lead the evolution of fan engagement and contribute significantly to boost the sport’s popularity in the country.”

Mr. Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming added, "NODWIN Gaming along with Indian Super League and EA SPORTS TM aims to select the best FIFA players through EA SPORTS TM FIFA Global Series India Qualifiers. The strong equity of ISL in India, coupled with the vibrancy of FIFA 22 is sure to spark the intrigue of viewers and players alike. This is sure to bring joy to the millions of esports fans in India."