The tournament will feature top EA Sports Madden gamers from around the US such as Rick Cisneros (Crystal City, TX), Kerry Lee (Anaheim, CA.), Damian Altamirano (Molalla, OR), Michael Clark (Spokane, Wa).
They and others will be competing to win part of over $15,000 in prizes at Sky Church at the Museum of Pop Culture.
The Ultimate Madden 17 Seahawks Championship winner will progress to the Madden 17 Club Series Championship in early April for an opportunity to win an additional $50,000 and qualify for the 2017 EA Sports Madden Championship in May.
How to Watch
The semifinals of the Madden 17 Seahawks Championship begins at 6 p.m. This really is an exclusive part of the event and is not going to be open to the public. Don't worry, the semifinals and finals will be broadcasted for spectators to view online.
The eight finalists will compete against one another on a 33' x 60' HD LED screen in the Sky Church in the Museum of Pop Culture. Seahawks.com will broadcast all the games, in addition to the EA Sports Madden NFL Twitch station as well as the Facebook report of the official EA Sports Madden NFL page.
The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will be more than prepared for Thursday's prime time event which will feature an appearance from Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, an enthusiastic Madden gamer himself, and Seahawks icon Jordan Babineaux. There'll be admission to the public for the quarterfinals tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. with the purchase of a museum ticket (doors will close at 5 p.m.).
"We believe these games can increase the general football fan base by engaging casual fans of the sport,” said Marcou. “These events are an excellent way for those with a football thoughts to engage in the sport without putting on the pads."
The semifinals of the Madden 17 Seahawks Championship will begin at 6 p.m. This is an exclusive section of the event and WOn't be open to the general public, however, the semifinals and finals may also be live aired for spectators to view online.
Three of this year's participating finalists are from Washington: Michael Clark of Spokane, plus Edmonds native Shay Kivlen aka “Young Kiv” — who really missed his high school graduation to get a tournament — and Lacey indigenous James Segura-Mitchell aka “Piano.” Kivlen and Segura-Mitchell were both featured on Madden America, a show that travels across the nation and explores Madden culture and the top players of the sport.
As he described in his feature, Segura-Mitchell's inspiration as a gamer and his family connect: “My drive will have the ability to say ‘hey, I supported my family by winning this tournament,’” he said in the video as well as heading out.
The remainder of this year's inaugural competitions comprise: Rick Cisneros (Crystal City, Texas), Kerry Lee (Anaheim, Calif.), Damian Altamirano (Molalla, Ore.), and Kody Flaherty (Kansas City, Mo.).
Below is a full tentative schedule of when games will take place round-by-round:
Quarterfinals: 2 p.m.
Semifinals #1: 6:15 p.m.
Semifinals #2: 7:10 p.m.
Doug Baldwin vs Jordan Babineaux: 8 p.m.
Final matchup: 8:50 p.m.