The first eMLS event of 2019 kicks off today, with the eMLS League Series One presented by PlayStation set to take place in Southern California on Tuesday at 7 PM MT, with doors opening at 6:30 PM MT.
eMLS is entering its second season, with the Houston Dynamo's Kid M3mito (Guillermo Trevino) looking to defend his title beginning Tuesday.
Won't be able to make it to Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California? We've got you covered with how to watch:
How to watch
For those able to attend, in addition to being a part of the audience for the live stream of the competition, fans will be able to engage with an LA Galaxy MLS Cup trophy, receive exclusive merchandise, create customized eMLS LA Galaxy apparel, and create personal FIFA Ultimate Team cards. Refreshments will also be available, as fans can enjoy offerings from a food truck and enjoy some beers as they take in the experience.
How it works
The event features 22 of the best professional FIFA gamers from across North America, each representing an MLS team, will be whittled down to eight with a regular season behind closed doors during the day prior to doors opening to the public. Four players from the Eastern Conference and four teams from the Western Conference will qualify for the quarterfinals. The public portion of the event will have a single-elimination bracket to determine the champion, separated by conference until the championship game.
Excelling at League Series One will put the gamers in prime position to qualify for eMLS Cup. Tuesday's champion will also win $5,000 and lift a trophy.
The eMLS League Series events – which will feature the full roster of eMLS players – will help determine the seeding for eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation in March. In turn, eMLS Cup participants will earn points for the EA SPORTS Global Series Playoffs, which give gamers a chance to qualify for the 2019 FIFA eWorld Cup.