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EA Expands Madden NFL 19 Championship Series; ESPN to Telecast

EA Expands Madden NFL 19 Championship Series; ESPN to Telecast

For several seasons now, Madden and Esports have been synonymous with one and other.  Now, EA Sports looks to add new Madden stars with an increase in tournaments for Madden NFL 19!  More within...

If you've been following the Madden Championship Series as close as I have, you saw the rise and fall of the Madden Legend, Problem, when Skimbo defeated him in the Madden NFL 17 Championship Series.  Then, in this year's Madden NFL 18 Championship Series, defending champion Skimbo couldn't stop the rising star, when Young Kiv took his rightful place at the top of the Madden mountain.  Tomorrow, you can start your journey from Armchair QB to Madden NFL 19 Champion, when Madden NFL 19 releases and the Championship Series begins!

For Madden NFL 19, EA Sports and the NFL have put together an extended season for the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series.  The new extended season will have representatives from all 32 teams, with specific tournaments to crown their champions with the ultimate goal of making it to the Madden NFL 19 Bowl, where the winner will take home the lion's share of a $700,000 prize pool, the glorious belt, and the title of Madden NFL 19 Champion.

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Here's how the season lines up:

  • August 7, 2018 - Madden NFL 19 Championship Series Opens for those who purchased the Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition
  • Accruing enough points and wins allows you to compete in larger scale tournaments, known as EA Majors
  • October 11-13, 2019 - Madden NFL 19 Classic
  • January 30, 2019 - February 2, 2019 - Madden NFL 19 Club Championship
  • March 15-17, 2019 - Madden NFL 19 Challenge
  • NFL Draft Week - Madden NFL 19 Bowl 

ESPN will televise all EA Majors and watch as the champion is crowned during NFL Draft Week at the Madden NFL 19 Bowl, similar to what happened this year in Arlington.  With this past Madden season going so well, EA Sports, the NFL, and ESPN are all thrilled to present the Madden NFL 19 Championship Series to an even bigger audience/fanbase.

“Last year a record three million players competed in the MCS and the Madden NFL 18 Challenge was the number one rated 2017 esports broadcast in North America,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP and GM of the EA Competitive Gaming Division. “In continued partnership with the NFL, its 32 clubs and ESPN, we accelerate with more tournaments, an extended season, a record Madden NFL 19 Club Championship prize pool, increased live event qualification spots and top-tier digital and linear programming available on ESPN. We are maximizing the ways to play and watch Madden.”

“We view esports as a key accelerant to growing the NFL as it enables new ways for young fans to engage in the sport through Madden NFL competition.” said Michelle Micone, NFL Senior Vice President, Consumer Products. “Competitive Madden unlocks great potential as the authenticity it provides enhances engagement and connection between our 32 NFL clubs and football fans around the world.”

“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with EA and the NFL as we showcase world-class competition through Madden,” said John Lasker, VP of ESPN Digital Media Programming. “We have a long history with the NFL and this multi-year Madden engagement is a natural evolution to our relationship and illustrates our commitment to esports as we amplify Madden across our ESPN global platforms.”

“Competitive Madden grew tremendously last season and the new MCS will increase player and spectator engagement,” said Matt Marcou, Madden NFL Competitive Gaming Commissioner. “This MCS format was shaped in-part by valuable, passionate community feedback as we continue to build competitive Madden together.”

Will you become the next Young Kiv?  Is Madden NFL 19 your time to shine?  You never know until you register and compete!  Maybe we could even see you standing on stage next to Juju Smith-Schuster at next year's E3 2018!

Madden NFL 19 releases on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on August 10, 2018 and August 7, 2018 for those who purchased the Hall of Fame edition!

Oh, and if you haven't checked it out already, this year's Madden NFL 19 trailer is a must-see!