EA Sports Announces Madden NFL “The Yard” Invitational

Announced today, the EA Sports Madden NFL “The Yard” Invitational is a brand-new team-based competition featuring the newest mode that was added to the franchise with Madden 21.

The competition will showcase some of the most well-known Madden NFL 21 Championship players in history teaming up with influencers to take on one another in head-to-head (three-on-three, rather) games.

The Madden NFL “The Yard” Invitational reimagines the traditional one-on-one competitive Madden competition with teams of three battling it out to score the most points in a limited series of drives. The goal with the invitational is to introduce teams and collaborative strategy (instead of single-player tournaments), which could potentially appear in future editions of the Madden Championship Series.

The event will take place on March 5, at 6 PM ET, with viewers being able to watch on the official Madden NFL Twitch and YouTube pages. It will be a 2 vs. 2 round-robin-style tournament bracket played on the new backyard-style Pizza Hut virtual football field, with eight teams made up of 16 Madden NFL pros going head-to-head.

The competing teams are as follows:

  • Bombs and Dots: Henry “Henry” Leverette and Pavan “Pavan” Lakhat
  • 818: Shay “Kiv” Kivlen and Wesley “Wesley” Gittens
  • ELI: Jordan “Millz” Thompson and Dwayne “CleffTheGod” Wood
  • EMB: Tony “Young Tony” Calloway and Frank “Stiff” Sardoni Jr.
  • Tew Dewds: Kyle “KMaC” McAllister and Eric “Problem” Wright
  • DRI/JCP: Drini “Drini” Gjoka and Joel “JoelCP” Crooms-Porter
  • TNC: Jacob “Fancy” Worthington and Jacob “Jwall” Wallack
  • Young Guns Noah Jon: Noah “Noahupnxt” Johnson and Jonathan “Jonbeast” Marquez

After the first day, influencers and streamers YoBoyPizza, Dockery, Kristopher London, and Erin Ashley Simon will take part in a Draft-style selection process for choosing their final four team. The best-of-five semifinals and the championship round will then take place on Saturday, March 6, at 6 PM ET.

“The Madden NFL ‘The Yard’ Invitational is unlike anything we’ve done before,” stated Matt Marcou, Madden NFL Competitive Gaming Commissioner. “This is a fast-paced, dynamic game mode, which will offer fans and players another opportunity to experience the excitement of team-based Madden NFL gameplay. It’s a glimpse into how we might experiment with this format for future Madden competitions.”

Additional information on the Madden NFL “The Yard” Invitational can be found here.

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