Mesut Ozil has launched his own esports team that focuses on the FIFA series by EA Sports and he will be looking for players from around the world.
In what is a rapidly growing industry, ‘Team Ozil’ will take part in both national and international tournaments after the Arsenal star was named a brand ambassador for the FIFA eWorld Cup back in June.
🗣"How cheeky is that": I'm teaming up with @eSports_Rep to form my own @EASPORTSFIFA team. 💪🏼 In the upcoming weeks we'll look out for players around the world who will represent #teamozil in all major national and international EA FIFA competitions 💥👨💻👩💻 pic.twitter.com/ie25DwhBr4
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) August 2, 2018
Throwback to a great day with the @FIFAeWorldCup film crew! Be onsite at The O2 on 04 August – Play FIFA 19 for the first time, watch my good friend @ZakAbel and the best FIFA 18 player live: https://t.co/3x7UCY5gH9 pic.twitter.com/QPnxkiyu4p
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) August 3, 2018
The FIFA eWorld Cup kicked off in London on 1 August and a new world champion will be named after the final four were decided on Friday.
Mosaad ‘Msdossary’ Aldossary, Kurt ‘kurt0411’ Fenech, Stefano ‘StefanoPinna’ Pinna and Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen all booked their place in the Grand Final that takes place today [Saturday] at the O2 Arena. The competition started with 32 competitors.
Some players are affiliated with clubs, such as Manchester City’s Kai ‘Deto’ Wollin and Marvin ‘M4RV’ Hintz who is with Bayer Leverkusen but others are not.
Just like the World Cup, players are subject to anti-doping regulations, urine tests and the betting market is monitored for signs of ‘suspicious activity’. Addreall, the ADHD medication, is the drug mentioned most often.
The overall prize fund stands at $400,000 (£307,000).
The winner will win pick up $250,000 (£192,283). The beaten finalist will receive $50,000 (£38,456), beaten semi-finalists $20,000 (£15,382), beaten quarter-finalists $10,000 (£7,691) and those who failed to make it past the round of 16 $2,500 (£1,922).
To put that into perspective, winners of the League Cup receive £100,000 – almost half the amount the winner of this competition will receive.