The Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) returns on Monday 4 November as the 2019/20 VBL Club Championship gets under way. The competition involving Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs was held for the first time last term, with SV Werder Bremen claiming the inaugural title. Reigning champions Werder, VfL Wolfsburg and 20 other teams are now gearing up for the new season.
The Green-and-Whites will be represented by the experienced Benedikt “SaLz0r” Saltzer and Benedikt “BeneCR7x” Bauer, who take on Greuther Fürth in their opening clash of the campaign on 4 November (18:00 CET). You can access the full fixture list here.
Live on TV and online
The winners of the competition, which was founded by the German Football League (DFL) and EA SPORTS FIFA, will be crowned German club champions. The DFL has also extended its media partnership with 7Sports - a subsidiary of ProSiebenSat.1 Media - in time for the new campaign, meaning VfL and e-Sports fans can watch the VBL Club Championship live on German channel ProSieben MAXX. Supporters can also follow the action live on www.esports.com and virtual.bundesliga.com.
“Our aim is to reach the Grand Final”
The level of media coverage surrounding the competition this year has given VfL’s e-Sports players extra motivation to succeed. “I’m obviously looking forward to the Featured Match on ProSieben Maxx the most,” said Bauer. “It’s certainly a great experience to play live on TV, particularly as my friends and family will be able to watch the game live. Benedikt and I are both aiming to finish in the top six and reach the Grand Final.”
In total, the VfL duo will play 21 matches before the season draws to a close in February next year. Each of the 21 matchdays will feature 11 fixtures, with each side facing each other once. Like last season, the teams will compete in 85 mode and in a Davis Cup-style format: Two games are played in one-on-one mode - one on PlayStation 4 and the other on Xbox One - while the third game is played in two-on-two mode on the console of the home team’s choice.
2019/20 VBL Club Championship participants at a glance:
Bundesliga: FC Augsburg, Hertha BSC, SV Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Köln, RB Leipzig, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg
Bundesliga 2: DSC Arminia Bielefeld, VfL Bochum 1848, SV Darmstadt 98, SpVgg Greuther Fürth, Hamburger SV, Hannover 96, Holstein Kiel, 1. FC Nürnberg, FC St. Pauli, VfB Stuttgart, SV Wehen Wiesbaden