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  • Celtic to become founder member of the elite eFootball.Pro league

    Celtic to become founder member of the elite eFootball.Pro league

    By: Newsroom Staff on 09 Oct, 2018 10:59

  • CELTIC is delighted to announce it will join the eFootball.Pro football eSports competition, based on Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer.

    Celtic took part in the eFootball.Pro Invitational tournament last August (video here), and now has decided to officially enter the competition as a founder club.

    The Celtic eSports players will compete against those of Barcelona, Schalke 04 and AS Monaco, the other announced members of this international league.

    Gerard Piqué, founder and president of eFootball.Pro, said: “It's great news that Celtic joins our competition. I have faced them several times as a player and I know that they will show in eSports the same integrity they display on the pitch.

    “Having a club with so much history will give us the necessary values to make our league a model in the sector.”

    Also known as electronic sports, eSports is a term used to refer to organised competitive sport played on video gaming platforms such as PCs and gaming consoles. Similar to other sports, it’s played by professional gamers and watched by spectators via online streams, TV or within a spectators’ venue.

    Celtic will be recruiting two professional video game players to represent the club in the eFootball.Pro league. These players will be competing throughout the year against other eSports players from the aforementioned clubs, and others that are subsequently announced.

    Gordon Kaye Head of Business Development of Celtic FC said: “Following our partnership with Konami, creating a PES team to challenge for the inaugural eFootball.Pro title is an exciting first step into the evolving world of eSports and we look forward to competing against top international teams.”

    The eFootball.Pro competition will be played using Pro Evolution Soccer, the video game series by the global digital entertainment publisher KONAMI.

    Masami Saso, President of Konami Digital Entertainment BV, said: “I am excited to see this unique esports competition continue to grow and take shape, especially with a club as formidable and iconic as Celtic.

    “It is a privilege for KONAMI to work with organisations such as eFootball.Pro and Celtic, who continue to drive the sport forward and create new derbies to excite for years to come.

    The eFootball.Pro competition seeks to professionalise football eSports. More clubs will be added to the competition very soon and more news regarding competition features will follow.

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