FIFA E-World Cup Forced to Switch to Xbox Due to PSN Outage

FIFA E-World Cup Forced to Switch to Xbox Due to PSN Outage

The PSN outage ended up disrupting FIFA's big esport event.

If you had trouble connecting to the PlayStation Network last week, you weren't alone. According to reports, the PSN outage affected more than just your weekend Monster Hunter: World games. The FIFA eWorld Cup, which took place over the weekend, had to completely switch platforms from PlayStation 4 to Xbox One as a result of the outage.

Futhead, a site that reports on all things FIFA Ultimate Team, tweeted during the eWorld Cup that the PSN outage forced the tournament organizers to switch over to the Xbox as the main platform for the remainder of the event.

Futhead cited logistics for the broadcast arrangements and venue lease as the reason why the tournament couldn't just wait for PSN to come back online.

This is another blow to Sony as a result of its service interruptions. The platform has been suffering unplanned PSN outages all last week, and now performance issues have disrupted a major tournament.

While the previous week has been a highly unusual one for Sony, it begs to ask whether this will affect any console agreements for broadcast esports in future events if PSN continues to suffer from unplanned disruptions.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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