February 16 – AS Roma from Italy’s Serie A is the latest to join the esports action, partnering with Fnatic to create the club’s first competitive gaming team. Aman Seddiqi, Sam Carmody and Nicolo Mirra will play as AS Roma at tournaments and events.
Fnatic will drive the club’s eSports division and offer support for training, events and provide all eSports-related logistical knowledge to the club’s players. The will compete in tournaments against major Europe sides including Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, Ajax, Valencia, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Galatasaray.
“FIFA’s entry into the world of esports has received the attention of many organisations both from established football clubs and esports organisations,” said Wouter Sleijffers, CEO of Fnatic. “Fnatic is excited to enter this rising esports game with AS Roma, one of the most iconic clubs in football with a long and successful history.”
Roma president Jim Pallotta said: “As one of the most digitally-connected sports teams in the world, we’ve strived to create an organisation at Roma that engages our fans through all digital channels… This joint venture will enable us to start building a strong legacy in eSports and engage our fans in exciting new ways.”
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