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Virgin Media to Sponsor FAI’s Esports Tournaments

Caption: (l-r) E Republic of Ireland player Eric Finn, Roberto Lopez of Shamrock Rovers and E Republic of Ireland player Ciaran Walsh. (Photo- Brendan Moran/Sportsfile)

With the popularity of esports continuing to grow in Ireland, Virgin Media is to sponsor the Football Association of Ireland’s Esports programme, including the ELOI which will now be titled the Virgin Media ELOI.

The new two-year agreement will provide Virgin Media with title sponsorship of the ELOI, eNational Team and a newly launched EFAI Cup.

The new EFAI Cup will revolve around a two-week online tournament in January which will cumulate in an in-person final four showdown one week after the tournament ends.  The Virgin Media ELOI, meanwhile, will run from February to April 2024 and will feature all 20 men’s League of Ireland clubs, competing in a group format with the top two teams progressing to the live Final. The winner of the Virgin Media ELOI will earn a place in the eChampions League Group Stage and a Play-Off place for the FC Pro World Championship.

“Virgin Media recognises the growth of gaming and esports in Ireland and we know many of our customers come to Virgin Media so they can experience the most reliable and best broadband for their gameplay.  This important strategic partnership with the FAI is an opportunity for Virgin Media to continue to support the gaming community in Ireland so the right infrastructure is in place for Irish gamers to play and compete,” says Paul Higgins, vice president of commercial, Virgin Media.

Competitive gaming and the esports industry have grown exponentially in recent years and it is estimated that there are around 2m gamers in Ireland across all spectrums, 700,000 of whom are esports enthusiasts.

Sean Kavanagh, FAI commercial director adds: “This is an exciting partnership for the FAI to have such a brilliant brand to be the title sponsor for our electronic games programmes. This is an exciting area for us to grow and has huge potential for both ourselves and Virgin Media. The addition of the EFAI Cup will give the wider public a great opportunity to get involved in the games and having Virgin Media alongside us will help us amplify this as well as the Virgin Media ELOI and ENational Team for the FAI to an even wider audience.”

“We’re delighted to announce Virgin Media as title sponsor with the FAI and it is great to have such a well-known and innovative brand as title sponsor of the ELOI. The ELOI has a huge role for us to play in the growth of the League of Ireland’s fanbase with the newer generation and last year’s tournament was a great way to kick off the new brand. We’re excited to see where we can take the Virgin Media ELOI along with Virgin Media into 2024,” adds Mark Scanlon, League of Ireland director.

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