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Football is so old hat, so much better to watch video games simulating football, isn’t it? Now BT has listened and is set to show a video game football tournament on its channels.BT has teamed up with Electronic Arts to show the remaining four matches in the EA FIFA Majors tournament, to be screened next month, with regional finals in Vancouver, Singapore Madrid, and the grand final in Berlin in May.

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, said: “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.”

This is a fascinating development in sports broadcasting.

Of course, video games tournaments area already huge – literally filling stadiums, but the move onto mainstream TV broadcasting in the UK is a big step.

Forward wind the clock. Imagine what video games will look like when the processing power is even more powerful creating ultra-realistic graphics, combined with sophisticated AI, and maybe viewable in VR.

Not so long from now, we will be watching Brazil, with both Pele and Neymar, playing Argentina with Messi and Maradona, live on TV. And the glory won’t go the thankless manager, but the games player.

It’s an interesting world that is approaching.

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