FC Barcelona is the first club joining the football esports competition organised by eFootball.Pro and KONAMI. The blaugranas will have an electronic sports professional team that will compete against international first-rate rivals.
Barcelona is really enthusiastic about participating. In the words of Manel Arroyo, FC Barcelona Vice President of Marketing and Media: “Barça is attentive to what is happening in this global and technological world, and given the major penetration and growth of esports, is on the path to also becoming a leader in this field. FC Barcelona, in keeping with its innovative spirit, has decided to participate in a pioneering competition in the world of esports, alongside the finest partners, KONAMI and eFootball.Pro. We are sure that this competition will continue to make Barça members and fans that follow esports around the world very proud’.
This way, the club from Barcelona joins an innovative project that aims ‘to apply all that makes traditional football the king of sports to electronic football, to esports’, according to Gerard Piqué. Piqué, who is the eFootball.Pro president and founder, states: ‘As a player, I’m glad that my club has decided to enter esports and joined this innovative project that we are preparing together with KONAMI. Barça will be able to contribute its values to the competition and I’m sure that it will be a great rival for the rest of the teams. On our part, from eFootball.Pro we will join the club in its new adventure in this digital world and we will guide it so it gets to excite its fans as it does with the rest of sports’.
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On his hand, Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director – Brand & Business Development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. comments: ‘We are extremely excited to have one of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, joining the league and for the first time entering the esports market on the Pro Evolution Soccer platform. This partnership elevates things to a new and professional level and gives fans a chance to compete and officially represent FC Barcelona on the biggest stages in the world’.
After the announcement of the FC Barcelona incorporation, more details and new competition members will be unveiled soon.
Source: Press release