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FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series to be broadcast live

  • FIFA 17 tournaments to be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK.
  • eSports betting revenue could top £500million this year as industry explodes.
  • Watch and bet on eSports tournaments live online at bet365 - full details below.
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The upcoming FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series is to be broadcast live on television in the United Kingdom.

BT Sport have announced that they have purchased the rights to show live FIFA 17 tournaments in the UK from this April.

EA Sports, producers of the FIFA video games, have teamed up with the sports broadcaster in a deal which will see FIFA 17 tournaments broadcast live on several dates this spring.

The action, which sees some of the world's top gamers battle it out on Playstation 4 and Xbox One to be crowned the ultimate FIFA champion, starts with the Season Two North American Regional Final in Vancouver on April 8th. BT Sport will broadcast the Season Two Asia-Pacific Regional Final in Singapore on April 22nd, before the European Regional Final takes place in Madrid on May 6th.

The FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Final then takes place in Berlin on May 20th and 21st.

As eSports continues to grow in popularity, it should perhaps come as no surprise to read that a whopping £130,000 will be awarded to the winner, while the runner-up will receive just short of £65,000.

Of the television deal, Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “This is yet another example of live innovation from BT Sport. Competitive interactive football gaming is a rapidly growing industry and I’m delighted that BT Sport is now able to showcase it for the first time ever in the UK.”

Todd Sitrin, senior vice president and general manager of the Competitive Gaming Division EA, added: “There’s a profound opportunity for competitive gaming to achieve mainstream success and the key to accomplishing this is accessibility.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with BT Sport to make our exciting competitions for EA Sports FIFA, the most popular video game in the UK, available across the nation as we move the industry forward.”

The deal comes as opportunities to watch and bet on popular eSports tournaments live online grows. eSports betting revenue for 2017 could reach £500million worldwide, and tournaments already attract a global online audience in the millions.

As the industry grows, the money keeps getting reinvested, the fanbase expands, and deals such as BT Sport's will become more commonplace.

Since 2010, more than £20m has been distributed in prize money for games in League Of Legends alone, and other popular games such as Counter-Strike, DOTA 2 and StarCraft II regularly hold tournaments featuring eye-watering sums of money.

Online broadcast details for the FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship are yet to be confirmed, but you can expect bet365 to be heavily involved.

bet365 offer pre-tournament and In-Play betting on most upcoming eSports tournaments, and also stream selected tournaments live online, allowing their punters the chance to watch and bet on the gaming action as it happens.

Live Streaming at bet365

If you’re unfamiliar with bet365’s live streaming service, it is ridiculously good.

The largest online gambling company on the planet stream more than 70,000 events over the course of the year. You may not be able to watch the Premier League or Champions League, but football fans are well catered for, as games from La Liga, the FA Cup, Capital One Cup, Championship, Serie A, Bundesliga, MLS and tons more are available.

You may find some restrictions based on where you are in the world (bet365 use your IP address to present the events available to you, and television rights mean English Championship and Football League games are not broadcast in the UK), but it's safe to say that you're spoilt for choice.

Away from the football, every UK horse racing meeting is available to watch and bet on live, while there's also an extensive racing archive, allowing you to watch how a horse ran in a previous race. There's also tennis streaming live throughout the season (including Grand Slam tournaments), live darts, US Sports (great if you're wanting to watch and bet on basketball, baseball or Ice Hockey live), snooker, cricket and tons more. As noted, the firm have already started streaming various eSports tournaments, having made the decision to stream action from the increasingly-popular industry in early 2016.

How to join bet365 to watch and bet on eSports live online

For those searching for a bet365 bonus code (also known as a bet365 promotional code, providing new customers with an opportunity to claim a free bet), using the code MAXCASH during the registration process at will entitle you to a first deposit bonus of up to £200. Simply put, bet365 will match your first deposit with a bonus up to a maximum of £200 (or currency equivalent), providing you deposit £10 or more.

When you've created your new account, bet365 will send you a 10 digit Offer Code via email. To claim your bonus, you just need to make your qualifying deposit, then head to the 'Services' menu on the bet365 website and enter your offer code from the 'Offers' sub-menu.

You can place your bets on eSports or any other sports market, and the only restrictions are that you must bet the amount of your qualifying deposit once before being able to bet with your bonus, plus bets need to contain at least one selection at odds of 1/2 (1.50) or greater if they are to count towards any turnover requirements, so those thinking they can bet on a 1/100 'dead cert' and quickly claim a £200 bonus may want to think again!

Once you’re logged in to your account and have made a deposit, you will have instant access to bet365’s live streaming service, and you can watch and bet on the action via PC, mobile or tablet. If you're on the move, dedicated apps are available for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices.

For live streaming and for betting on sports, bet365 provide one of the slickest and quickest websites in the industry. If you're watching live sports, the picture quality is excellent, and the range of In-Play betting opportunities is staggering.

To bet on upcoming eSports tournaments, and to claim the bet365 bonus, simply:
  1. Go to bet365 via this link (either on PC or Mobile)
  2. Open a new account (as previously mentioned, using bet365 bonus code MAXCASH on the registration form will entitle you to a deposit bonus up to £200)
  3. Log in and take your pick from betting, gaming, live streaming and more!

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