VBL Grand Final by bevestor: DullenMIKE is the 10th German eFootball champion!
DullenMIKE is the 2022 German eFootball champion, winning the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) bevestor title and winning a €40,000 prize.
At the end of the 10th overall season of the competition, organized by the DFL, ESL and EA Sports, Freiburg player DullenMIKE beat defending champion RBLZ_Umut on aggregate (1-0 on Xbox Series and 4-0 on PS5), avenging their loss in last season’s final and earning a spot in the eFootball World Cup play-offs. All matches were played on EA SPORTS FIFA 22.
Andreas Heyden, EVP Digital Innovations DFL Group, said: “On behalf of the DFL, I would like to congratulate DullenMIKE on winning the VBL in its 10th anniversary season. The level has steadily increased in recent years, and winning this title is an outstanding achievement!
“The bevestor VBL Grand Final, with players and fans all inside the arena, was the fitting conclusion to a successful season. Special thanks go to all participants, clubs and partners of the virtual Bundesliga, especially bevestor, EA Sports and ESL Gaming.”
A total of 32 finalists took part in an offline event in Cologne to contest the VBL Grand Final, having qualified through the VBL Club Championship by bevestor or the VBL Open play-offs. The total prize pool was €100,000.
The DFL, in cooperation with EA SPORTS, was the very first professional football league to launch an eSports competition in 2012 and the VBL remains, to this day, the only eSports competition directly integrated into EA SPORTS FIFA that is affiliated with a professional . Soccer League.
The growing popularity of VBL along with the increased relevance of eSports and the DFL’s focus on football simulation games led, in 2018, to the decision to introduce the VBL Club Championship involving the clubs of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 in addition to individual VBL. Open competition.
In addition, since 2020 the DFL has been cooperating with the world’s largest eSports company ESL. With its expertise in building and expanding ecosystems related to digital sport, the DFL wishes to further expand and professionalize the VBL.
The VBL championship plate. – Virtual Bundesliga
The virtual Bundesliga will be included as an additional competition in the DFL statutes
In May 2022, the DFL Members’ Assembly decided that the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) should be included as an additional competition in the league statutes of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga. From the 2023-24 season, the aim is for all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs to participate in the Virtual Bundesliga Club Championship. The essential conditions for this will be set out in the Licensing Regulations, based on the conclusions of the last seasons. Further information regarding the decision of the DFL Members’ Assembly can be found here.