AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has become the latest football star to get in on the esports buzz, with the launch of a FIFA 20 team in collaboration with management and consultancy firm Pro2Be Esports.
Team Romagnoli has already signed three Italian professional FIFA players—Cosimo Guarnieri, Emiliano Di Gianni, and Giuseppe Magliarella—who will look to compete in the FIFA 20 Global Series, which begins next month. Romagnoli, who has 11 caps for Italy to his name, said of the launch of the team: “Last year I became interested [in] esports by following the most competitive international pro players.” The 24-year old center-back attributed the similarities between the beautiful game and the virtual one for his involvement, adding that “I understood that the traditional and the virtual football speak the same language. That’s why I decided to create my own team, which has my name on it. The goals are to compete at the highest levels of this virtual world and to entertain the fans.”
FIFA is not the only sports game that Pro2Be has been getting involved with recently. Last month, the company announced a partnership with MotoGP team LCR Honda to launch a MotoGP 19 team. 2018 MotoGP Esport semifinalist Putut “Moe” Maulana, who is already represented by Pro2Be, will be the first player to represent the team. Moe was the only non-European to make it to the semifinal stage of the MotoGP eSport Championship.
The upcoming FIFA 20 esports season will revolve around six Ultimate Team Champions Cups, which will take place between November 8 and May 15, 2020, with each of these events being broadcast live as an “EA Major.” The season will culminate in the FIFA eWorld Cup, which will take place next July. In order to qualify, players must earn enough points across the season to take one of the 128 seats at the FIFA 20 Global Series Playoffs. The overall prize fund for the upcoming season is expected to be more than $3 million USD.
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