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Top story: Werder Bremen enter esports deal with EWE AG

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by Stephan Georgiou

Top story: Werder Bremen enter esports deal with EWE AG

Top Story

German soccer club Werder Bremen have announced an esports partnership with energy and telecoms company EWE AG.

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The German-based company, which has a long-term sponsorship deal with the Bundesliga side, has become a jersey sponsor of Bremen’s esports team.

Werder Bremen established its esports division in July, signing two players in the process and entering a team in EA Sports’ FIFA series. For EWE AG this is its first esports venture.

EWE AG project manager Carsten Niederberger said: “We look forward to working with Werder Bremen in the field of esports. We are confident that we will benefit from the know-how of Werder in the field of esports and even for us, this can open up a new target group.”

Werder Bremen have had a promising start to their Bundesliga campaign, sitting in fourth place, but suffered a setback last weekend when they were thrashed 6-2 by Bayer Leverkusen.

Sponsorship

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