The inaugural Sportego Celtic eSports League was officially launched on December 12 and will feature eight teams from the UK and Ireland.
This is a new tournament for competitive FIFA and is getting underway with a one week community cup which is a precursor to a full league competition which’ll start in January 2017.
There are some notable clubs involved in the Sportego Community Cup including Crusaders FC, Dundalk FC, Hamilton Academical FC, Hibernian FC, Linfield FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, TNS FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
There’s one notable name amongst the players too, with former pro footballer Rohan Ricketts set to represent Wolves tonight.
The first set of games took place yesterday evening which saw Linfield FC lose out to Hamilton Academicals, a win for Crusaders FC, and a dramatic golden goal victory for Hibernian.
Colm O’Mealoid from Sportego said: “This is an extremely exciting move for us. The sponsorship of the Celtic eSports League is the first of its kind and we’re proud to be treading new ground. We have some fantastic clubs to work with during the inaugural season and we look forward to helping the league grow with some innovative activation campaigns and fan engagement initiatives.”
Geoff Wilson from the Celtic eSports League commented: “Esports is growing at a phenomenal rate world-wide and the clubs’ involvement demonstrates their proactive and innovative approach to growing the brand of their clubs online.
“The Sportego Celtic eSports League is an exciting new concept and we hope to attract new fans for not only the league but all the clubs involved.”
Esports Insider says: None of the ‘major’ clubs already in competitive FIFA are involved but with a great deal of talent out there, and some big clubs involved, this has some potential. Moreover, leagues like this are vital if FIFA is to make any headway as an esport.