Monday 17 Aug
Updated Monday 17 Aug 13:00

Jamboo qualifies for ePremier League Playoffs

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West Ham United will be represented at the grandest FIFA 20 tournament of the domestic season, after eSports star Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden battled through to the ePremier League Playoffs in dramatic fashion.

After narrowly missing out on progressing from the group stages last year, Jamboo navigated a competitive Group D in the Xbox side of the competition on Friday afternoon before seeing off Manchester United’s Jonesy17FIFA 4-3 on aggregate (1-1; 3-2), with an injury-time winner booking his place in the semi-finals.

The Hammer’s three group stage games were all remarkably tight affairs – a 2-1 aggregate win over Arsenal’s Billy FC X (0-0; 2-1), a 0-1 loss to Watford’s Hashtag Shawrey (0-1; 0-0) and a 2-1 win over Burnley Colston (2-1; 0-0) – before his end-to-end quarter-final.

Late comebacks, injury-time penalty saves and a last-gasp goal all made for an extremely entertaining afternoon’s FIFA, with Jamboo understandably delighted to have made the final four on Xbox, which will be played out – along with the Cross-Console grand final – the evening of Friday 28 August.

“It’s obviously a really nice feeling,” Jamboo told “I think last year I did well to make it into the ePremier League, but I was disappointed with how I did, so to come back this year and not only get out the groups, but actually make it into the top four, is a really good achievement so far.

“I never tend to do it the easy way! I don’t think I had a single win that was by more than a goal, so it was all very close. Every player in the tournament is good, but I think I’ve done well to go on through. 

“I had a last-minute penalty save [against Burnley] which I think was the worst, most nerve-wracking moment, but you need a little bit of luck as well and I think I had it.

“With the injury-time winner against Manchester United, I can’t remember what happened! I was so invested in it, I think I just scored the goal and shouted something – it’s a bit of a blur!”

Having already come through several tricky tests so far, Jamboo has been paired in the Xbox semi-finals last year’s overall ePremier League winner, Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt, who represents Liverpool.

The evening of the Finals on Friday 28 August will be granted vast coverage across Premier League channels, after last season’s inaugural competition received almost 14 million cumulative views from audiences.

The overall ePL winner will walk away with £20,000 prize money, while the runner-up will enjoy £10,000.

Jamboo is therefore looking forward to the chance to don Claret and Blue at the prestigious event, and hopes to do everything he can to walk away with the main prize.

“I’ll approach it no different to any other game,” he reasoned. “I think everybody knows that Tekkz is incredible, but there’s not a player I can’t beat when I’m at my best.

“I’ll just treat it as another game and hopefully we’ll get a little bit of luck on the day as well and we’ll make it through.

“Obviously it’s hard enough just to get into the competition itself, so to get that far and make it into the Finals day is going to be really exciting. I know they’ll have proper production values so people can watch along, so it should be a good day.”

West Ham United’s PlayStation4 representative, Petrescu Cosman, suffered Golden Goal heartbreak in his Group Stage endeavours on Thursday, ultimately bowing out 3-4 to Burnley’s STOKESBACK after an additional one win and one loss.

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