Spanish multimedia communications group MEDIAPRO has announced it will produce the third season of eLiga Portugal, alongside the entities’ esports tournament organiser Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP).
According to a release, MEDIAPRO will produce the FIFA competition via Medialuso, the group’s production firm, while LVP will be in charge of sports management.
The third season of competition will feature professional FIFA players representing a total of 17 Liga NOS teams. The third season kicks off in November and concludes in April 2021 with a Grand Final where $50,000 (£37,106) in prize money will be up for grabs.
Jordi Soler, CEO of LVP, spoke on working on the tournament: “We have been organising esports competitions around the world for more than 10 years and for us it’s an honor to be able to export our successful model to Portugal. Mediapro Portugal and LVP have gone all out on the project of the eLiga Portugal, and we are sure that it will become a benchmark competition among clubs and fans alike.”
The competition will be broadcast on Twitch and a highlights show will be shown on Portuguese sports television network Sport TV.
Tiago Madureira, Executive Director of Liga Portugal, also commented: “The commitment of the Liga and our clubs in the esports business is accompanying global growth the sector has experienced, understanding the inherent importance of the presence in this territory as a communication portal with a young target and for who, in many cases, esports represents their main point of contact with our sport. We are very happy with this partnership with Mediapro and we are sure that it will be a great success and will result in a differentiating product in the market.”
Esports Insider says: The trend of real-world sporting leagues operating a virtual equivalent doesn’t appear to be slowing down. With LVP on board for season three, eLiga Portugal is certainly in safe hands.