Football clubs who have signed professional E-sports players

David Bytheway of Wolfsburg

Every football fan dreams of playing for a famous club at some point in his life. However, for many, this dream remains unfulfilled. After all, only the very best in the world play for the top clubs.

What if I told you that there is a chance of playing for a top club even if you are not a good player (or even not even a footballer, it does not matter, to be honest). All you need to do is get amazing in computer games.

Surprised? Why would professional clubs be interested in signing gamers, right?

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Right. What if I told you that some of the top football clubs in Germany, England and Spain have been buying up teams and players to wear their kit and represent them in gaming tournaments around the world?

Yes, your read that right. Bundesliga club Wolfsburg was the first European club to tread this path when they signed top German FIFA player Benedikt Salzer back in 2015. Last year, they added another avid FIFA player, Dave Bytheway (who was the runner-up of FIFA Interactive World Cup 2014) to their roster.

If you actually delve deeper, the fact that the football clubs are signing on E-sports players is, in fact, not that surprising. Some reports claim that by 2020 it will have at least 600 million viewers.

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Among the other clubs who have signed up E-sports players are Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, West Ham United, Ajax, FC Schalke 04, AS Roma, Valencia and several others. Even 20-time English champion Manchester United were reportedly interested in signing a hot prospect last year.

And it is not only restricted to the FIFA gamers. PSG have a League of Legends team while FC Copenhagen have a Counter-Strike Global Offensive team.

Here we list all the football clubs that have signed on E-sports players and the games they play.

Sl. No.ClubGames they play
1Manchester CityFIFA
2Paris Saint-GermainFIFA, League of Legends
3FC Schalke 04FIFA, League of Legends
4FC CopenhagenCounter Strike GO
5West Ham UnitedFIFA
8GalatsarayLeague of Legends
9BesiktasLeague of Legends
10FenerbahceLeague of Legends
12PSV EindhovenFIFA
13Sporting CPFIFA
15SantosLeague of Legends, Call of Duty, Battlefield 4, Crossfire

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Edited by Staff Editor
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