Konami Digital Entertainment confirms FC Barcelona is the first club to join eFootball.Pro league, the football eSports competition organized by KONAMI and eFootball.Pro. The Blaugranes will have a professional team that will compete against other European club eSports teams, which will be be announced shortly.
FC Barcelona are really enthusiastic about participating in the competition. In the words of Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Manel Arroyo:
"Barca 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."
Statement from the founder of eFootball.Pro, Gerard Pique: "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. Barca 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."
Following the announcement of FC Barcelona’s inclusion into eFootball.Pro league, more details and information on new members will be revealed soon.
About KONAMI's eSports initiatives
The popularity of eSports, a term that denotes games played as sporting competitions, is growing, primarily in the US and Asia. The size of the tournament audience and viewership are also continuing to grow, reaching a scale comparable to real major sports. The company has been holding World Championships for the "Winning Eleven" series and the “Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game,” beginning in 2001 and 2003, respectively. For the domestic market, it launched the Japan Championships for the PAWAPURO series starting in 2016. Through these initiatives, the company is working hard to further stimulate and expand the eSports market.
eFootball.Pro is an eSports company, competition developer and content creator. Its goal is to provide fans with the evolution of the traditional football show. The company was founded in 2016 by Gerard Pique and Javier Alonso is its Director. The company, based in Barcelona, is made up of 50 professionals from different fields such as technology, football and eSports.