Big news in the world of esports, as Sounders FC announced the signing of Jason “Flickiify” Flick as their official competitive esports representative. He will take part in the inaugural eMLS Cup in early April. The tournament will feature representatives from 19 of the 23 MLS teams and will be held in Boston at PAX East, one of the world’s largest gaming events.
Flick will be selecting a 23-man roster to represent the Rave Green. Cup rules require at least three MLS players on the field for each team at all times, two of which must be from the club the player represents. The winner of the tournament earns a berth in the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series Playoff, where they will try to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup in August.
”We’re excited to be taking part in the innovative eMLS program, and to have a competitor like Jason representing the team,” said Sounders FC Chief Operating Officer Bart Wiley. “Seattle and the gaming industry go hand-in-hand, so being able to secure a local gamer was important to us. We think Jason is going to be a great ambassador for the club.”
Flick, 23, grew up in Seattle and has been a Sounders FC fan since the club’s inception. He has been playing FIFA for over a decade and looks forward to representing his hometown team.
”It’s an honor to have been selected to represent the Sounders in eMLS,” said Flick. “For so many young people, FIFA is one of the ways they connect with soccer and develop their knowledge and fandom, so being able to showcase not only my gaming skills, but my love for the Sounders, in a competition like eMLS is very exciting. I can’t wait to wear Rave Green at PAX East!”
The eMLS Cup was first announced in January as a partnership between Major League Soccer and EA SPORTS. Last year the NBA announced a similar esports league, partnering up with Take Two Interactive, makers of the NBA 2K game, and announced their NBA 2K League.
The 19 clubs with a player in the tournament are: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The four omissions from the initial field are LAFC, Atlanta United, Real Salt Lake and DC United.
You can catch Flick playing live in The NINETY before the home opener against LAFC this Sunday.