Optus kicks off Premier League esports streaming to replace live games

Optus is attempting to fill the void in English Premier League fans’ viewing schedules by broadcasting live streams of Premiership stars playing EA Sports’ FIFA 20.

The ePremier League Invitational kicks off with four games tonight, starting at 9pm AEST with Aston Villa’s John McGinn facing up to Brighton & Hove Albion’s Neal Maupay.

The games will continue through Wednesday and Thursday, before quarter finals on Friday and the semi finals and final onSaturday night.

Optus Sport hold the rights to air Premiership games in Australia. The season was suspended in mid-March because of the COVID crisis.

All 20 Premier League teams will be represented in the ePremier League Invitational, with soccer stars battling it out to become the inaugural ePremier League Invitational PS4 Champion.

“There’s nothing quite like seeing your team compete live, and the beauty of the ePremier League Invitational is that it will be a chance for the best footballers to reignite their competitive juices with their club’s honour at stake,” Optus’ Director of Sport Richard Bayliss said in a press release.

“People are understandably missing the excitement that live football provides, so what better way to fill the void than through a virtual world where clubs and players are still competing?

“We’re excited to provide our Optus Sport subscribers with live coverage of the tournament throughout the week, complementing our enormous archive of classic matches, documentaries and shows.”

The fixtures:

Tuesday April 21 (all times listed AEST)

  • 9pm: John McGinn (AVL) v Neal Maupay (BHA)
  • 10.15pm: Josh Franceschi (ARS) v Nathaniel Chalobah (WAT)
  • 11.30pm: Dwight McNeil (BUR) v Ryan Fredericks (WHU)
  • 12.45am: Philip Billing (BOU) v Angus Gunn (SOU)

Wednesday April 22

  • 9pm: Raheem Sterling (MCI) v Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
  • 10pm: Tom Grennan (MUN) v Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
  • 11pm: Reece James (CHE) v Andre Gomes (EVE)
  • 12am: Moussa Sissoko (TOT) v Christian Atsu (NEW)

Thursday April 23 (all times listed AEST)

  • 9pm: Diogo Jota (WOL) v Wilfred Ndidi (LEI)
  • 10pm: Todd Cantwell (NOR) v Lys Mousset (SHU)
  • 11pm: Quarter-finals commence
  • 12am: Quarter-final TBC

Friday April 24 (all times listed AEST)

  • 9pm: Quarter-final TBC
  • 10pm: Quarter-final TBC
  • 11pm: Quarter-final TBC
  • 12am: Quarter-final TBC

Sunday April 26 (all times listed AEST)

  • 12am: Semi-finals
  • 1am: Final

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