The federation’s Director for Communications Yegor Malyzhenkov said: “Esports attracts people primarily because it is readily accessible. We’ve chosen the football simulator FIFA 19 due to its strong popularity. The game corresponds to the main Olympic values: perfection, respect, friendship. FIFA players are made familiar with the world of football. They make up teams, study prominent football players, rules, and subtleties of the game. We hope with our tournament we will be able to show that esports is quite a serious matter.”
As many as 16 professional players will take part in the tournament. The prize pool of $2,000 will be split among the top four players.
The FIFA 19 championship will take place in the fan house of the ice hockey club Dinamo Minsk on 22 June. Admittance is free.