With EA Sports FC 24 being released in the coming months and a fan base of 8 million active players, FIFA series is arguably one of the most sought-after games and esports tournaments.
Following the 21.5% growth rate of esports, experts were intrigued to find out which are the countries best at playing FIFA! To do this, they scraped Escharts for data on 6 major FIFA tournaments with global representation in the 2022-2023 season and then created an index of “overall FIFAe success score” based on each nation’s total winnings ($) and the number of top 5 rankings.
Top 10 countries best at playing FIFA video game
|Rank||Country||Total Winnings ($)||Number of top 5 rankings||Overall FIFAe success score/10|
Italy is the country best at FIFA, with an overall FIFAe success score of 9.39/10. Italian FIFAe teams have won top 5 positions six times in the 2022/23 season over the 6 global tournaments reviewed. Italian team HHezerS rank second in eChampions League 2023, contributing $50,000 prize money to Italian FIFAe teams’ total winnings ($184,750). With an expected market value of over 1.6 billion U.S. dollars by 2024, Esports in Italy has a fan base of 1.62 million people and a great growth potential in attracting investment and job opportunities.
Ranking second is Netherlands with an overall FIFAe success score of 9.15/10. Among six global tournaments in the last season reviewed, they have won the top five positions seven times – more than all other countries analysed! Netherlands’ FIFAe team EmreYilmaz was recently crowned the champion of eChampions League 2023 and was awarded $75,000 last month. The total winnings from all Netherlands teams is $183,500, the same amount as Spain.
In third place is Germany, scoring just over 9 (9.09/10) in the overall FIFAe success score. Although they have an average number (5) of top 5 rankings, German FIFAe teams have won the most prize money in the 2022/23 season over the 6 global tournaments ($374,000) – approximately 80% more than the winnings from FIFAe teams in the UK!
Argentina, the Qatar FIFA World Cup winner and the best-ranked men’s football team currently in the world, is in fourth place as the country best at FIFA esports – with an overall FIFAe success score of 8.36/10. This is followed by its neighbour and biggest rival in football, Brazil with an overall score of 8.18/10 – only a minor difference of 0.18!
A FIFA game enthusiast from the UK told Live Football Tickets how they see the rising of FIFA Esports the industry:
“I think it’s a great thing to have different types of games become popular in the esports scene. Most esports games are shooters, so it’s nice to see other genres become prominent. I enjoy seeing a game pushed to its limits, where people can leverage every bit of information they have about the game to gain an advantage.
“I think if FIFA wants to seriously compete and develop in the esports industry, they need to switch to a core model, stop releasing yearly games, just release one last FIFA game, and update it forever for free.”