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Sathyam Cinema’s FIFA tournament on PS4

CCFC’s FIFA on console tournament is all set to see the best of esports talent come together this weekend

“We want to be known as more than just a team that plays professional football,” says Sudhir Menon, chief business officer of Chennai City Football Club (CCFC). To widen its scope, the company has planned to introduce amateur football and beach football events. More intriguingly, it plans to take India up to professional levels in esports.

Enter: CCFC’s FIFA on console tournament, scheduled for this weekend, which gives PS4 gamers a chance to win cash prizes of up to ₹5,000 as well as a host of merchandise, by beating everyone else at the EA version of FIFA 2019.

Though Menon admits that esports are picking up in India, “most of it is just an excuse to meet more like-minded people.” The idea behind this tournament, scheduled for this weekend, is to up the notch in terms of talent and professionalism, and it came about when CCFC looked Westward for some inspiration. “The Switzerland-based soccer team, FC Basel, have their own esports team which is very professional,” explains Menon. “They also have 26% ownership of CCFC, which means that eventually, we will be able to send our winners from India to scouting tournaments there, if they seem good enough to be a part of such teams.”

But that’s the future plan. For now, CCFC is focussing on making this maiden tournament a success. “As of three days ago, we had about 75 registrations. But more people are registering each day, and spot registrations are also open,” says Menon.

Winners of the tournament get a cash prize of ₹5,000. Runners up get ₹2,500, and those in the third place get ₹1,000. The entry fee is ₹300, and re-entries cost ₹100. Exclusive merchandise by FC Basel and Uhlsport will also be awarded.

The tournament will be held at Blur, Sathyam Cinemas, on August 17 and 18 from 11 am onwards. To register, visit the Facebook page ‘chennaicityfc’ or the Instagram page @chennaicityfootballclub.

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An earlier version of this story referred to FC Basel incorrectly. The error is regretted.

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