Soccer clubs are no longer strangers to the world of esports, and many European teams already created esports divisions to compete in multiple tournaments across different video game titles. However, in recent months, more clubs realized the potential of esports and are increasing their participation in this booming industry.
Soccer and Football Clubs enter Esports
In June, several soccer clubs and players made the headlines and are currently venturing into the esports market.
Reading FC joins Rival for Royals Esports
English soccer club Reading FC announced a partnership with American gaming solutions company Rival, to launch a dedicated esports platform for the team’s supporters called Royals Esports. The launch is part of the festivities of Reading’s 150th anniversary. The club was founded in 1871 and currently competes in the EFL Championship, the second-highest division in English football.
“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of our club this season and celebrate our rich history, we are really pleased to also be looking to the future and announcing the launch of our gaming community on the Rival platform,” Reading’s Head of Commercial Tim Kilpatrick stated. “We’ll be offering fresh content, experiences, and activities that will engage and build on the popularity and connection of esports and football with the gaming community.”
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