Malaysian hardcore gamers will have the chance to compete in Virtual Bundesliga International Series as it will kicks off in March 2020!
The eFootball tournament will begin with regional qualifiers hosted in several countries including Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Brunei, the Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, East Timor and Vietnam in Asia, as well as Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, the USA and Canada in the Americas region.
“Nobody does eFootball like the Bundesliga,” said Bundesliga International CEO, Robert Klein.
“Whilst the last seven years have already been amazing, the last three years have really seen the VBL grow internationally with big tournaments in Chile, Malaysia or India.
“In season 2018/19 the VBL International Series Qualifier included participants from 12 countries, over 10 hours of Virtual Bundesliga action broadcasted across Asia and over 150,000 viewers.
“The VBL International final was covered live by 6 Bundesliga broadcasting partners in over 10 countries. Together with professional teams and fan driven competitions, alongside our gaming partner EA Sports, we have brought something new and fun to the table, something bigger and better than before.”
The top performers from each Regional Online Qualifier will then represent their region at the VBL Continental Qualifiers in April 2020. These will be run as offline events, with one tournament taking place in Asia and one for the Americas respectively.
Those playing in the VBL Continental Qualifiers will be using an official Bundesliga club jerseys and will represent the respective club throughout the remaining period of the competition until the VBL International final, which will take place in Germany in May 2020.
The regional qualifiers will be held with the partnership of Battlefy, a well-known platform in the global FIFA eSports scene, ideal for coordinating the high number of participants and creating a spectacular experience across 21 countries.
“Combining the online and offline world of football, the VBL International Series merges the passions of a new generation of gamers and Bundesliga fans around the world,” said Executive Vice President, Digital Innovations at DFL Group, Andreas Heyden.
“This competition is yet another milestone in the Bundesliga’s success story of establishing a leading global eSports competition, an asset that further confirms the Bundesliga’s reputation as football’s innovation leader.”
The finalists will win a unique trip to Germany for a once in a lifetime experience to compete in the VBL International final.
They will also be given the opportunity to meet professional Bundesliga footballer and professional VBL players, visit Bundesliga clubs as well as watching and experiencing the most exciting football league in the world.
Virtual Bundesliga was launched 2012-13 as the first eSport competition of a professional football league, before its been expanded globally in 2017-2018 season, launching the VBL International Series in South America and South East Asia, including participants from multiple countries.
Last season, the 2018-19 International Series was held in South East Asia and India.