FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-The New England Patriots will be one of eight NFL teams selected to take part in the first Madden 17 Club Series beginning in January 2017. The competition will kick off with a set of online qualifying rounds and culminate with the crowning of the best Madden 17 player among Patriots Nation during a special live tournament event at Gillette Stadium on Feb. 25, 2017.
Fan registration for the online qualifying rounds is set to open Friday, Dec. 16 and continue through early February. All interested players must register during this time frame in order to be eligible for participation in the competition, and can do so by visiting **https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/compete/register/madden-nfl-club-series**.
Registered fans will begin competing head-to-head in an online ladder tournament on Jan. 9, 2017 to determine eight finalists who will move on to play in front of a live audience in the Patriots Championships, a Challenger level event, on Feb. 25 at Gillette Stadium. Contests from the live event will be streamed on Patriots.com and through the official Patriots app, as well as on the Madden NFL Twitch channel.
Finalists competing at the February live event will also have the opportunity to earn cash prizes, player-autographed memorabilia and team merchandise. The winner of the Madden 17 Patriots Championship at Gillette Stadium will earn the right to represent the Patriots at the Madden 17 Club Series Championship, a Premier level event, where you will play against the winners representing the other participating NFL teams including the 49ers, Bills, Chiefs, Jaguars, Seahawks, Steelers and Vikings. In addition to cash prizes, the winner of the Madden 17 Club Series Championship could earn an automatic bid to the fourth Madden Major, the Madden 17 Championship in May 2017.
For more information on fan registration and the Madden 17 Club Series, visit **https://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/compete/register/madden-nfl-club-series**.