BARCELONA have become pioneers of eSports after becoming the first confirmed side to compete in the Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 League.
Ernesto Valverde‘s men are currently the only side to announce their participation, with a host of European side’s expected to confirm their availability imminently.
The La Liga announced on Twitter that they will feature in several electronic sports projects as part of their new ‘It is not football, it’s LaLiga’ campaign.
Barca revealed on their website that they have reached an agreement with with Konami and eFootball.Pro.
PES is created by Konami, while eFootball.Pro is an eSports company founded by Spanish international Gerard Pique in 2016.
Speaking of the news, the World Cup winner said: “As a player, I’m excited that my club has decided to enter eSports and joins this innovative project that we are preparing together with Konami.
“Barca will be able to contribute their values to the competition and I am sure they will be a great rival for the rest of the teams.
“For our part, from eFootball.Pro, we join the club in this new adventure in the digital world and we will guide them so that they can make their fans feel as they do with the rest of their sports.”
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The PES League is due to start within the next few weeks, as eSports continues to rise.
Club’s such as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax are all involved in eSports, but with PES’ main rivals – Fifa.