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Virgin Gaming, EA Sports and ESPN FC team up for FIFA 14 tournament

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Virgin Gaming is teaming up with EA Sports and ESPN FC for the ESPN FC Champions Cup featuring soccer title FIFA 14, the organizations announced this week.

The ESPN FC Champions Cup is the major ESPN-sponsored online gaming tournament; this year the championship includes competitions in FIFA 14 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Participants herald from all over the world, including the U.S. and U.K., Canada, Germany, Spain, Brazil, France and Latin America.

The Champions Cup winners, two overall on each console, will win all-expenses paid trips to ESPN's Bristol, Conn. headquarters on Feb. 5, 2014 for the live ESPN FC finals and a tour of the studios, as well as $2,500 USD.

Interested participants can sign up for the qualifying rounds through VirginGaming.com's ESPN FC page. Over the next four weeks, each game played in the EA Sports Arena will count towards overall leaderboard rankings. Yesterday through Dec. 22 the scores will focus on Most Games Played; Dec. 23 through 29 will be Most Wins; Jan. 6 through 12 is for Most Goals Scored; and Jan. 13 through 19 is Most Shots on Goal.

The bracketed 16-person semifinals will take place Jan. 24 and 25, and will include three rounds with single elimination games. These rounds will determine the champion gamer for each console.