Esports Entertainment Group CEO Grant Johnson said Arsenal recognizes the value of EGL’s “wealth of experience in esports”
Esports Entertainment Group Inc () (FRA:40Y1), an esports entertainment and online gambling operator, announced on Friday that Esports Gaming League (EGL) has signed an agreement with Arsenal Football Club to manage its Pro Evolution Soccer roster for the eFootball League.
In August, Esports Entertainment inked a letter of intent to acquire EGL, a UK-based provider of esports events and tournaments.
“We are thrilled to continue working with Arsenal this season,” said EGL CEO Glen Elliot. “Arsenal came within one point of Knockout Stage contention in their inaugural season last year, and we’re excited to see what happens this season.”
EGL is a business-to-business operator of live and online events where its more than 350,000 registered gamers can compete and enjoy esports content on a proprietary technology platform. Its services include full turnkey esports events, live broadcast production, game launches and online branded tournaments.
“Arsenal recognizes the value of EGL’s wealth of experience in esports, and so do we,” said Esports Entertainment Group CEO Grant Johnson.
“We look forward to completing the EGL acquisition and integrating Glen and his team’s expertise into our organization. Their work with Arsenal and many others, similar to deals we announced with the LA Galaxy, Philadelphia Union, and more, provides a strong foothold in major sporting, which continues to turn to esports as a way for teams to connect and engage fans.”
Arsenal will be one of 10 football clubs that will compete in the third season of the eFootball League. Other teams include FC Bayern Munich, , Juventus, Barcelona, Schalke 04, AS Monaco, Celtic FC, Boavista FC, and FC Nantes. The first matchday for the 2020-2021 season is Saturday, December 12.
EGL was responsible for building the roster that will compete for the Gunners. Prospective players were scouted, underwent interviews, and signed contracts that will see the players represent the club for the duration of the season.
Brothers, Yos and Yan Sonneveld from the Netherlands and Pedro Barbosa from Portugal will represent Arsenal in its second PES season.
Esports Entertainment is a licensed online gambling company with a focus on esports wagering and 18+ gaming. The company offers fixed-odds wagering, fantasy and pools on various esports events. The company has offices in New Jersey, the UK and Malta.
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