Jamboo going for ‘something special’ in ePremier League Finals
Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden will be going for broke in the ePremier League Finals later on Friday, with the eSports star just three fixtures away from winning £20,000 prize money and West Ham United the trophy.
The FIFA 20 player battled through the group stages and quarter-finals in dramatic fashion a fortnight ago, setting up an Xbox semi-final against last year’s grand champion and the top-ranked player in the world, Donovan ‘Tekkz’ Hunt, who represents Liverpool.
The nature of the Hammer’s performances during those early stages, in which he saw off representatives from Arsenal, Burnley and Manchester United – the latter with an injury-time winner – gives him confidence in causing an upset, however.
"It's always going to be tough against him [Tekkz], but I definitely think if I turn up and play my best, I can do it," Jamboo asserted.
"I just need to make sure that I focus on myself. He's some player. When it really matters, he shows up, so I need to make sure I'm on it as well."
Fans from all around the world will be able to watch on, as a live show will be streamed from 6pm across Premier League digital channels. Fans will also be able to tune in via the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, Sky Sports Twitch channel, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website and app and the official EA SPORTS FIFA Twitch channel.
Jamboo’s two-legged semi-final against Tekkz is scheduled to take place at 7pm; you can watch all of Jamboo’s matches live via @westhamesports on Twitch.
Should Jamboo overcome Tekkz, he would reach the Xbox One final and face either Alex ‘Hashtag Shawrey’ Shaw, who is representing Watford, or AFC Bournemouth player Marc ‘MarcMarleyyy’ Marley in the Xbox One final.
He could then potentially advance to the cross-console Grand Final, where he would face off against a PS4 counterpart.
“The focus is to win the whole thing, but even being the Xbox One champion would be something special," he said.
Jamboo, who has already gone further than he did in last year's inaugural tournament, is desperate to do well for West Ham.
"It's obviously an honour to represent a big Premier League club, so hopefully I can push on and do them proud."
All ties in the competition are two-legged. Golden goals will decide any draws, while only Premier League player cards can be used throughout.
The overall ePL winner will walk away with £20,000 prize money, while the runner-up will enjoy £10,000, and the runners-up in both console finals will scoop £5,000.