FC Barcelona Enters Esports, But Not In FIFA 18

Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona (Photograph by Alex Caparros/Getty Pictures)

FC Barcelona introduced on Tuesday a partnership with Konami and eFootball.Professional to subject a group in Professional Evolution Soccer 2018.

KONAMI is the creator of PES, which competes yearly towards FIFA for the soccer/soccer participant base. eFootball.Professional is an esports firm based by Barca defender Gerard Pique. FC Barcelona is constant the development of conventional sports franchises getting concerned in esports.

In accordance with FC Barcelona, the membership will probably be competing towards different European groups that might be introduced shortly. Like FC Barcelona, its rivals will possible be simply beginning their very own esports initiatives. That’s as a result of most of the extra established golf equipment with esports packages – Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax and Manchester Metropolis, to call a couple of – are already dedicated to FIFA.

Having two video games competing for market share in the identical area is uncommon in conventional sports video games. Sometimes one franchise dominates the market like Madden NFL and NBA 2K.

Konami is an enormous developer however shouldn’t be recognized for esports. In this endeavor, it is going to be competing towards EA and the businesses expansive sponsorships. Nonetheless, getting probably the most widespread sporting manufacturers on the planet in FC Barcelona is an effective first step.

“As a participant, I’m excited that my membership has determined to enter eSports and joins this revolutionary challenge that we’re getting ready along with KONAMI,” Pique stated in a press release. “Barça will have the ability to contribute their values ​​to the competitors and I’m positive they are going to be an excellent rival for the remainder of the groups. For our half, from eFootball.Professional, we be a part of the Membership on this new journey within the digital world and we’ll information them in order that they will make their followers really feel as they do with the remainder of their sports.”

EA received to this area first so KONAMI may have an uphill battle in gaining viewers and sponsors. In addition to the groups above, FIFA has partnerships with ESL and Dreamhack, the most important unbiased event organizers in esports. It’s unlikely these tournaments will maintain two separate tournaments for soccer/soccer video games which might depart PES on the surface wanting in.