More and more clubs attract gamers to represent them in the e-sports industry, reports The New York Times.
Manchester City, PSG, Schalke 04, West Ham United, Wolfsburg,… are but a few of the clubs who in the past year, a gamer in service names. Also, Ajax did that with the 24-year-old Koen Weijland, that the shirt with the number 39 got. He comes sometimes at the training complex of the Amsterdam club and a number of players from the A-core to know him.
‘As a little boy you dream of it later for your favorite club to play testifies,” Weijland in The New York Times. ‘When I was 12 or 13 years old, I knew that I was never good enough to be able to play football, so it is great now that my dream is still more or less true.’
Weijland is the five-time Dutch champion in the computer game FIFA and represents Ajax at FIFA tournaments worldwide. This is also the 19-year-old Kieran Brown for Manchester City. To its tasks belongs also includes: the creation of videos for YouTube and children a number of are FIFA-tricks to learn.
A and is the result of the success of e-sports. With gevechtsspelletjes as Dota 2 and League of Legends have millions of euros to win, and the finals of those games in packed stadiums played. That many football clubs the ties with the FIFA game, so it should be no surprise. Many football fans make it through the game of knowledge with certain clubs and players – it affects sometimes even their choice for whom they will cheer, and millions of people play it every day.
Next year, the FIFA interactive world cup. The prize pool amounts to 1.2 million euro and the winner goes home with 190,000 euros.