EA Sports has announced an invitational event for its Madden NFL video game series.
The EA Sports Madden NFL ‘The Yard’ Invitational will see a mix of professional players and influencers battle it out in a ‘unique team-based competition’.
Using the popular ‘The Yard’ mode from Madden 21, the tournament is said to re-imagine gameplay by introducing teams and more collaborative strategies in a structure that could be used in future Madden Championship Series events.
According to the release, competitors will be able to design their own jerseys and avatars. Moreover, the competition will take place on a backyard-style Pizza Hut virtual football field, exclusively designed for the event.
Matt Marcou, Madden NFL Competitive Gaming Commissioner, spoke on the new tournament in a release: “The Madden NFL ‘The Yard’ Invitational is unlike anything we’ve done before. This is a fast-paced, dynamic game mode, which will offer fans and players another opportunity to experience the excitement of team-based Madden NFL gameplay.
“It’s a glimpse into how we might experiment with this format for future Madden competitions.”
Eight teams of two will compete in a round-robin tournament to determine the final four teams that will join forces with influencers ‘Dockery’, Tommy ‘YoBoyPIZZA’ Forster, Kristopher London, and Erin Ashley Simon who will act as team captains.
Beginning on March 6th, the four teams will compete in three-versus-three, best-of-five matches to determine the inaugural Madden NFL ‘The Yard’ Invitational champion. The tournament will be broadcast on Madden NFL’s Twitch and YouTube channels
Esports Insider says: EA Sports using this invitational tournament to experiment with its competitive Madden format is a great way to test it and whether fans of the esport will enjoy such a change.