• The top 32 gamers on the planet will face off from 16-18 August
  • London will host the Grand Final, following on from New York in 2016
  • FIFA.com gives you the lowdown on the big event

Over the course of three days, the top 32 gamers on the planet – whittled down from more than seven million who took part in the qualifying process, which kicked off last November – will be waging what promises to be a fierce battle to succeed reigning FIFA Interactive World Cup champion Mohamad Al-Bacha.

What's the format?
The 32 participants will be split into two divisions: PlayStation 4 and Xbox. Each division will feature two groups of eight players, who will lock horns on the first day. The top four in each group will advance to the quarter-finals, which will take place the following day, as will the semi-finals.

The third and last day will be finals day. First the two divisional finals will be contested and then the respective winners will face off for the overall title.

Follow the action live
FIFA.com will be on hand throughout the three days to keep you abreast of all the latest developments, bringing you analysis, interviews and videos, as well as live streams of all the matches. In addition, you can stay up to date in real time with our Live Blog and join in the #FIWC17 conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

The schedule
16 August: group stage (12:00-19:00)
17 August: knockout stage (12:00-19:00)
18 August: divisional finals and overall final (16:30-18:30)
All times local

The prizes
Champion: $200,000 USD and an invitation to The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017
Runner-up: $40,000 USD
3rd and 4th place: $5,000 USD
5th to 8th place: $2,500 USD
9th to 16th place: $1,000 USD