FC Barcelona launches an eSports team to play in Gerard Pique’s PES2018
By Shantanu Srivastav | March 1, 2018
FC Barcelona has announced the launch of its eSports team which will compete in the PES2018.
PES2018 is an eSports league launched by Konami and Gerard Piqué’s eFootball.Pro. Sportradar will serve as the league’s official international media rights distribution partner.
FC Barcelona’s team is to be announced shortly and will compete against other European teams.
FC Barcelona’s vice president of marketing and communication, Manel Arroyo: “Barça is attentive to what happens in this global and technological world, and in view of the important growth of eSports, it is opening the way to also being 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, by the best partners, Konami and eFootball.Pro. We are confident that this competition will continue to make members and culers from all over the world, as well as followers of eSports, proud.”
Founder of eFootball.Pro, Gerard Piqué said: “As a player, I’m excited that my club has decided to enter eSports and joins this innovative project that we are preparing together with KONAMI. Barça will be able to contribute their values to the competition and I am sure they will be a great rival for the rest of the teams. For our part, from eFootball.Pro, we join the Club in this new adventure in the digital world and we will guide them so that they can make their fans feel as they do with the rest of their sports.”
Director of brand and business development of Konami Digital Entertaintment BV, Jonas Lygaard said: “We are extremely excited to have one of the best clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, joining the league and for the first time entering the eSports market with the Pro Evolution Soccer platform. This agreement will allow us to be at another professional level and will give fans the opportunity to compete and officially represent FC Barcelona in one of the best global venues.”