Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is prepared to roll out a replacement esports soccer competition onto the pitch. the Japanese video game developer and publisher is partnering with eFootball.pro to form a worldwide professional Evolution association football League, with Chinese company Desports to assist expand the games to China.
Konami won’t let its limited number of football player-licenses hold it back from competing with FIFA.
The announcement is light on details, stating only that the global approach of the competition will extend to its broadcasting strategy. The company Konami have teamed up with, eFootball.pro, made the news earlier this year by appointing FC Barcelona midfielder Gerard Piqué as it’s president.
The last we heard from eFootball.pro was that it was hiring new professionals in roles such as content creation and business development.
This is the second major partnership for Konami on the football esports front. In September, the company announced it would be launching a PES World Tour with UEFA, making it the only Champions League affiliated esports endeavor.
How both these competitions will work in tandem is yet to be seen, but it’s another sign that Konami won’t let its limited number of football player-licenses hold it back from competing with FIFA.