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Gerard Piqué’s eFootball.Pro League for Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 has shared some exciting news with us, as it’ll kick off on November 25 with an inaugural program which will be streamed on Twitch and YouTube, with a more detailed schedule promised in the next few days.
FC Nantes rounds out a list of competing teams that includes FC Barcelona, Schalke 04, AS Monaco, Celtic FC, and Boavista FC. Barça became the biggest team to join the league in the spring, but it has taken eight months since then for the league to fill out.
The league’s formatting has not yet been unveiled, but eFootball.Pro League said in a statement that more details would come on Nov. 25. The league did however divulge that it plans to broadcast on Twitch and YouTube. The competition’s founder and president is current Barcelona player Gerard Piqué. On December 2 the first matchday for the competition will take place in Barcelona too, with the fixtures for the Sunday announced during the presentation.
This project started in 2017, when eSports company eFootball.Pro and the Japanese video games enterprise KONAMI reached an agreement to create an electronic sports competition.
At that time, Gerard Piqué, eFootball.Pro president, told that “the goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports”. “We want to bind the best of both worlds to bring the public a new entertainment model that they love since the first day”, he added.
The competition will be played using KONAMI’s football video game series. Hideki Hayakawa, Representative Director and President of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, highlights: “eFootball.Pro’s unique position in eSports, combined with its strong football leadership, will allow us to deliver a fresh way for customers to enjoy our products. We are thrilled to collaborate with eFootball.Pro”.