French soccer club AS Monaco have followed Barcelona and Schalke 04 in joining the eFootball.Pro esports competition set up by Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué.
The tournament is owned and managed by esports company Esports Media Rights (EMR), with Piqué acting as both its president and founder. Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), the Konami-produced game, will be used in all future editions of the eFootball.Pro competition.
The move comes a month after Monaco signed an esports deal with Konami Digital Entertainment for the forthcoming 2019 edition of PES, with the Ligue 1 outfit, including its star players and Stadium Louis II ground, all available via download in August after the game’s launch.
Piqué said: “Monaco is currently one of the greatest European clubs and a very expected addition to eFootball.Pro. They are already in several eSports leagues with other games and will undoubtedly be a rival to take into account in our competition. The rest of the clubs will have to be on the alert for their moves before and during the season.”
Juli Ferre Nadal, commercial and marketing director of AS Monaco, added: “One year after having created our dedicated esports structure, this is another step forward in the electronic sports industry for AS Monaco. The club, which is already participating in different games, shows with this new move its commitment to position itself as a key player in this area.”