Electronic Arts’ (EA) Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 were added to the list of games so that more players could compete on PlayVS. Also, both titles are exclusively on PlayStation 4 for high school competitions, and team enrollment has begun. Though the two games are different in nature, the rules are the same.
Teams will have three players each and face off in a “1v1” game. Each of the team’s three players will face off against a player on the other team and will play a best-of-three series. Wins and losses will be added up at the end to determine a winner. The only difference between the two is the mode: “Friendlies” for FIFA 21 and “Exhibition” for Madden NFL 21.
This isn’t the first time FIFA 21 or Madden NFL 21 have been featured as esports. FIFA 21’s “Challenge” – a one-day tournament – drew an average minute audience of 254,057, totalling 1.024 million hours on Oct. 29, making it the most-watched esports broadcast in EA’s history.
FIFA 21 also has the “Global Series,” a competition to see which up-and-coming player is the best to face off against established teams: Fnatic, Man City Esports, FaZe Clan and others. Meanwhile, Madden NFL 21 has the “Club Championship,” a tournament where players can win a piece of the $750,000 prize pool.
While FIFA and Madden NFL are household names, PlayVS is a startup that allows high school students and other young adults and children to compete on their schools’ varsity esports teams. After initially launching in five states, PlayVS has expanded to 15, with each competition culminating in state championships.
They also host and stream matches, compile stats and standings and set up leagues so that schools can compete with one another. PlayVS charges the player, parent or the school $64 to join a season, with every school having one coach who then goes and recruits students for the team.
PlayVS’s partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations Network means that the platform is the only place where varsity high school esports is played. Not only that, PlayVS has partnered with Riot, Epic and Blizzard – among others – to help grow the catalogue of games available to young players.
Lastly, there are three levels of competition: high school, college and youth. As a whole, PlayVS has had over 143,000 signups from over 21,000 schools spread across the aforementioned games, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
Now with Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 on the roster, PlayVS is bolstering its sports game offering, which previously only had Rocket League. If it continues at this pace, it will only be a matter of time before more games are included to that list and with it, more growth.