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EA Sports Announces First Madden ‘The Yard’ Invitational

EA Sports is adding a bit of a twist to its typical Madden Championship Series. On Friday, EA kicks off its inaugural The Yard Invitational.

Eight teams of two will battle it out in Madden NFL 21‘s six-on-six backyard football. Each squad will design its own jerseys and avatars before competing on a Pizza Hut virtual football field, exclusively created for the invitational.

The final four duos standing towards the end of the round-robin tournament will each team up with one of the four streamers/influencers serving as team captains on Saturday. These captains are Dockery, Kristopher London, Erin Ashley Simon, and YoBoyPizza. Afterwards, the four teams will participate in a three-versus-three, best-of-five series to determine who will capture the first ever ‘The Yard’ Invitational crown on March 6.

‘The Yard’ Invitational teams

  • 818: Shay “Kiv” Kivlen and Wesley Gittens
  • BND: Henry Leverette and Pavan Lakhat
  • DRI/JCP: Drini Gjoka and Joel “JoelCP” Crooms-Porter
  • ELI: Dwayne “CleffTheGod” and Jordan “Millz” Thompson
  • EMB: Frank “Stiff” Sardoni Jr. and Tony “Young Tony” Calloway
  • Tew Dewds: Eric “Problem” Wright and Kyle “KMaC” McAllister
  • TNC: Jacob “Fancy” Worthington and Jacob “Jwall” Wallack
  • YGNJ: Jonathan “Jonbeast” Marquez and Noah “Noahupnxt” Johnson


EA Sports is sort of betting on an esports event featuring its new arcade-style mode will keep its fans more engaged.

“The Madden NFL ‘The Yard’ Invitational is unlike anything we’ve ever done before,” said Madden NFL Competitive Gaming Commissioner, Matt Marcou, in a release. He continued, “It’s a glimpse into how we might experiment with this format for future Madden competitions.”

The new tournament will be broadcast on Madden’s YouTube and Twitch channels starting March 5 at 6 p.m. ET.

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