Spanish soccer clubs appear to be making a major move into esports
Traditional sports teams have been making several strides into esports over the past year, with names like FC Schalke and the Philadelphia 76ers recruiting rosters in League of Legends, adding to the now long list of sports team owners and athletes like Shaquille O’Neal and Rick Fox who began showing interest in the industry in late 2015.
Interest in the scene doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon, as six Spanish soccer clubs have recently hinted at acquiring separate esports divisions, including: Sevilla Fútbol Club, Real Sporting de Gijón, Real Aviles C.F., Real Sociedad, Real Zaragoza, and Villarreal CF. The clubs have all expressed their desires to branch into esports in the past two days, which coincides with the Spanish esports association LVP (Liga De VideoJuegos Profesional) merging with Spanish media and communications giant Mediapro earlier today.
¿Aficionado a ????? Pronto conoceremos los detalles para crear una #RealSociedad de E-Sports ⚽???? ¡Sigue atentamente nuestras RRSS! #porfinVFO
— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) October 5, 2016
El Real Avilés se muestra ORGULLOSO de presentar su división de e-Sports!!! #VamosAviles pic.twitter.com/9VkXGqA4ub
— Real Avilés C.F. (@RealAviles) October 6, 2016
Juegas ???? al #FIFA 17? Buscamos jugadores ???????? para una competición clubes vs amateurs y 11 vs 11. Mañana en #BGW informaremos mas. #porfinVFO pic.twitter.com/2Ccjn0mbYV
— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) October 6, 2016
Muy pronto el #SevillaFC competirá en el mundo de los videojuegos ????️ ⚽️ Mañana conoceremos más detalles desde #BarcelonaGamesWorld ????
— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) October 6, 2016
In the tweets sent out by the clubs, it seems as if a major announcement will be made during the Barcelona Games World convention on Oct. 7, which the Esports Observer reports could be the unveiling of a new Spanish esports league.