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.
FIFA eWorld Cup participation has grown threefold this season over last. The tournament now hosts six FUT Champions Cups (up from two) and has 15 official football league partners (up from 8).
“Building upon last season’s success, the EA Sports FIFA 19 Global Series is engaging and entertaining esports and football fans around the world”, said Brent Koning, EA Sports FIFA competitive gaming commissioner.
“The superstars of competitive FIFA are creating an amazing narrative of competition and rivalry, fuelled by amazing gameplay and skill on the virtual pitch. Partnering with an established leader in football broadcasting such as FOX Sports will only accelerateour growth and build momentum towards this season’s finale”.
The multi-year contract also includes broadcasting and streaming rights for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France, the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America.
Caffeine will be providing the streaming of the Global Series worldwide. Fox invested about $100 million into the platform last year creating Caffeine Studios, a joint venture between Fox and Caffeine. The streaming service will allow amateur broadcasters to host and commentate on the events on their own channels.