Celtic have announced their move into eSports by joining the elite eFootball.Pro League.
This news comes just a week after the English Premier League announced the creation of the ePremier League – a competition that will see two gamers from each club go up against each other on FIFA 19.
In what should be a direct competitor for that, the eFootball.Pro League will be played on PES 2019.
Celtic are a partner club for the Konami game this year alongside Rangers and the Scottish Premiership is also fully licensed.
So for the new eSports league – which was founded by president and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique – Celtic have decided to join as a full founder club and they’ll now face Barca, Schalke 04 and AS Monaco as well as other sides.
Two gamers will be able to compete on Celtic’s behalf, but they’ve so far not been announced, or even decided on, by the club.
Speaking about Celtic’s decision to embrace eSports and the competition, Pique, per celticfc.net, said: “It’s great news that Celtic joins our competition. I have faced them several times as a player and I know that they will show in eSports the same integrity they display on the pitch.
“Having a club with so much history will give us the necessary values to make our league a model in the sector.”
It will be interesting to see Celtic participating in the first competition and the other teams who get involved between now and then.