It’s that time of year again. All of the big Sports titles are preparing for release, and hoping to make waves in the ever-growing eSports arena.

EA’s Madden 17 is no exception. So here are three tournaments early on to keep an eye on.

ShowDown in O-Town

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016.

This one’s coming up soon, and all of the entry fees need to be paid in full by Thursday, August 25. The entry is $100, and it takes place at the Microsoft Store at the Florida Mall.

This event is on the smaller side, however there is a guaranteed $7500 prize pool. $5000 for the winner, $1500 for the runner up and $500 each for 3rd and 4th .

This is definitely one to check out if you are a local, or live near Orlando, but note it is Xbox exclusive. Check out the flier for details and you can sign up here.

MADDEN 17 ESPORTS SHOWDOWN IN OTOWN

WorldGaming’s Madden 17 $10K Kickoff Tournament

When: The competition officially kicks off on August 23, with finals on September 26.

This competition is free to enter, and available for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players. Up for grabs is a pool of $5000 for each console; $3000 to the winner, $1000 to the runner up, $300 for 3rd and 4th, and $100 for places 5-8.

There are two ways you can enter, and both are free.

First is the weekly bracket qualifiers. Up to 32 players can join each bracket, and play a 1v1 style competition. The top 4 players from each bracket will advance to the finals on September 26.

Second, is the Leaderboard. An unlimited number of players can sign up, and play head to head with each other. The top 25 players will advance to the finals.

Although it is free, there are a few rules.

Once you’ve done those, you’re set to play. Just pay attention to the times.

  • The Madden 17 $10k Kickoff Qualifiers begin at 7:00 pm EST.
  • The qualifier is open to Xbox One and PS4.
  • Madden 17 Qualifier dates
    •     August 23rd
    •     August 29th
    •     September 5th
    •     September 12th
    •     September 19th.
  • Madden 17 $10k Kickoff Leaderboards open at 8:00 am EST on August 23rd, 2016.
  • Madden 17 $10k Kickoff Leaderboards close September 23rd, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

Madden NFL 17 Championship Series

You might have heard of this one, and its cool $1 million prize.

This tournament is an EA event, and will last from August 2016 until June 2017, culminating in four EA Majors:

  • Madden Classic (Fall)
  • Madden Bowl (Winter)
  • Madden Challenge (Spring)
  • Madden Championship (Summer)

In order to get to these events players will have to start their journey online. Playing ranked matches and climbing the online rankings will allow the very best players an opportunity to compete at the EA Majors.

Also, some other tournaments will have to opportunity to become EA Sanctioned, and players who do well here will earn points towards potential qualification for the four EA Majors.

So get out and get playing, that money isn’t going to win itself.

Make sure to keep up with all of your Madden 17 and eSports news here at Sports Gamers Online.

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Aidan is a writer, musician, and gaming enthusiast from Australia. He is big cricket fan, a huge soccer fan, and a fan of AFL, but only when North Melbourne are winning. When he's not writing books no one reads, or playing music no one listens to, he's playing FIFA or staying up really late to watch the EPL.