For the first time ever, the Commonwealth Games will host a Commonwealth Esports Championship, with eFootball one of three titles featured.
With Konami's latest football offering taking to the big stage, find out all you need to know about eFootball at the Commonwealth Esports Championship below.
Commonwealth Esports Championship
Running alongside the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, UK, the inaugural Commonwealth Esports Championship will showcase three differing titles, each with an open and women's category.
eFootball, DOTA 2 and Rocket League are the selected games, and although they are not official Commonwealth Games medal events, they will have their own separate medals.
As the Commonwealth Hames Federation president Dame Lousie Martin said:
“Esports is continuing to grow dramatically in terms of popularity and participation, particularly amongst young people, and we are continuing to look at ways to explore how it can align with the Commonwealth sports movement.”
At the moment this is just a pilot scheme, however, esports has been included in the Asian Games 2022 after being demonstrated in the 2018 championships, so there is definitely precedent for it to be taken up fully into the programme.
The Commonwealth Esports Championship will take place on Saturday, 6 August and Sunday, 7 August.
On Saturday, 6 August at 1pm BST, the eFootball Open category third place match will kick off.
That will be followed by the eFootball Open category Grand Final at 1:30pm BST.
Then, on Sunday, 7 August at 1pm BST, the eFootball Women's category third place match will begin.
Again, this will be followed by the eFootball Women's category Grand Final at 1:30pm BST.
On both days the eFootball matches will take place in Session 1 of the event.