Brighton & Hove Albion e-Premier League representatives Dan Hilliard and Ryan Caister are relishing the start of the first ever e-Premier League finals tomorrow in London.
The duo will be representing the Seagulls on PlayStation 4 and Xbox respectively in the capital, and the pair can’t wait to pit their FIFA 19 skills against fellow gamers from the rest of the clubs in England’s top flight.
“It feels brilliant. I went to the qualifiers back in Brighton with not a lot of expectation, so it is a great achievement for myself to get this far,” said Hilliard.
“I’m still trying to keep my head level, but on the day, anything can happen.
“Through the qualifying rounds, there wasn’t a stand out match, and the play-offs at the Amex were obviously very close but I just edged them, and here we are.”
Caister and Hilliard qualified for the tournament having won the club’s e-Premier League play-off finals at the Amex Stadium last month, and the former looked ahead to the competition this week buoyantly.
“There’s nobody in particular I’ve singled out to face, I’m going to take every game as it comes, and hopefully come out with a result.
“I like to keep hold of the ball, most of my focus is on slow build-up play, so we’ll see how that goes.
“I’m a big Brighton fan, so to be able to represent the club in such a big tournament like this against some famous gaming faces is a bit surreal, but I’m just looking forward to the tournament getting started now.”
The event is the first of its kind in conjunction with the Premier League, and Hilliard spoke of his passion for both the sport and the award-winning gaming title.
“I play the game because I love football in general, so if I can make anything out of it, that would be a bonus,” he continued.
“It’s brilliant really. I love gaming, so for me this is the next best thing to playing.
The ePremier League finals on Thursday will be broadcast live on Sky Sports from the Gfinity Arena in London, click here for more information on who the Albion pair will be facing in their group matches.