KONAMI Announces FC Schalke 04 Joins eFootball.Pro eSports Competition
The German club joins the league after signing the licensing agreement with KONAMI and will compete against FC Barcelona with a professional team
EL SEGUNDO, CALIF. – JUNE 21, 2018 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced in conjunction with eFootball.Pro today that FC Schalke 04 will join the eSports competition that the two companies are creating together. The German team, which already has experience in some electronic sports, is the second to announce its participation in the league, after FC Barcelona’s announcement last February.
This new project is regarded as an opportunity to expand its presence in electronic sports:
“FC Schalke 04 was one of the pioneering sports clubs worldwide to incorporate its very own eSports department. We opt to expand our commitment even further and venture out into different branches as well," said Chief Gaming Officer Tim Reichert at FC Schalke 04. "We are looking forward to joining the competition by eFootball.Pro and KONAMI. Our participation allows us to establish our brand also internationally and continue competing at the highest level. We believe that this league with teams like FC Barcelona will be such a great event for us and our fans, in which we will be able to further showcase our expertise and effort.”
eFootball.Pro president and founder Gerard Piqué is delighted with the new incorporation: "We are very happy with this signing for eFootball.Pro. Schalke has a lot of experience in eSports and will help us achieve a quality competition. Schalke 04 will be a very tough opponent to Barça, but so will be the other teams that will be announced to join the competition. We want to create a reference league within electronic sports and are sure that we will surprise both current fans and those who will be in the future," he added.
“We are excited to have Schalke 04 named as a part of our new and illustrious eSports league that eFootball.Pro and KONAMI are creating," said Masami Saso, President of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “We said how ambitious this club is, both on and off the pitch, and believe their participation further validates the eFootball.Pro league and we look forward to the level of professional talent Schalke 04 will introduce to the eSports world.”
FC Schalke 04 will have a professional team in the eFootball.Pro competition, which will compete using the KONAMI’s football video game series. In this new league they will challenge FC Barcelona and other top level clubs, which will be unveiled soon.
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About Konami Group
Konami Group was founded in 1973, starting as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades. Over the years, the company has grown to include different business units across various markets. Currently, KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION includes the Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Gaming & Systems, and Health & Fitness Businesses. The company went public on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1984, the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. For more information, visit: www.konami.com/en.
About Konami Digital Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment, which is the core company of Konami Group, develops entertaining content for mobile, console and card games. The company is known for global franchises such as Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game series. www.konami.com/games/corporate/en/