Despite the concerns of its president Uli Hoeneß, Bayern Munich is increasingly addressing the subject of electronic sports.
Despite the concerns of its president Uli Hoeneß, Bayern Munich is increasingly addressing the subject of electronic sports. The German record champion will play in the future in the football simulation Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) of the Japanese company Konami. PES is the main competitor of the FIFA market leader at EA Sports.
"We have been very conservative on the subject, but we will talk about football in the future, but I insist on football games, not on ball games or war," the president said Thursday. of Bayern Karl-Heinz Rummenigge at the launch of the new game. Konami, Platinum Partner, in the Allianz Arena.
FC Bayern is "happy to be able to better reach fans who are passionate about gambling," added Rummenigge: "The realism and the details that come have impressed us." Konami will have full access to the stars and some legends (Oliver Kahn, Lothar Matthäus) of the record champion.
National player Serge Gnabry will be a PES ambassador and cover eFootball PES 2020, among others. In the PES 2020 version, there will be 14 clubs, alongside the Bavarians, including the best European clubs, Manchester United and FC Barcelona.
Hoeneß had repeatedly expressed his dislike for the sport. He is alongside FC Bayern but "almost alone", he had already expressed last year. His concerns: "Young people should be doing sports on the training ground." He sees that "a big problem is approaching us and that it should not be Olympic".
The German Football League (DFL) is organizing the official German championship, the virtual Bundesliga, in FIFA 19. Currently, only Bayern, Dortmund, Hoffenheim, Düsseldorf and Freiburg do not participate in the virtual league. The German Football Federation (DFB) has its own eFootball department.