No Roma in FIFA 21 as Serie A club sign exclusive deal with Pro Evolution Soccer makers Konami
Serie A club Roma have announced an exclusive deal with Konami, makers of the football video game series Pro Evolution Soccer - meaning they will not feature in the upcoming release for the main rival franchise, FIFA 21.
The deal, which was described by Roma in a statement on their website as a "long term, exclusive partnership", means supporters of the Giallorossi will have only one upcoming video game optionshould they want full access totheir favourite team.
"We are delighted to welcome Konami, a world-leading company in the design and development of video games and esports, to our family,"said Roma's commercial director,Giorgio Brambilla.
“Thanks to this agreement we will be able to implement the volume of interactive experiences and the involvement of the new innovations of the Giallorossi fans all over the world.
"We are already working hard with the new partner to set the activities for the coming months and to support the launch of PES 2021.
"Withinthe club, we are sure that Konami will be the perfect strategic partner for the development of the activities that will involve the AS Roma eSports team, which is increasingly aimed at apublic who loves football video games."
Signing Roma exclusively is a boost for Konami, after FIFA creators EA Sports announced an exclusive partnership with two other major Serie A clubs, AC Milan and Inter, for their upcoming video game earlier this month.
The multi-year partnership, beginning with the release of FIFA 21 in October,will seethe Italian giants featureexclusively in that franchise– meaning the game will boast full access to the Rossoneri and Nerazzurri players, kits, training grounds andstadia.
Nick Wlodyka, vice president and general managerof EA Sports toldGoal: "You look atSerie A, and Milan and Inter obviously are two of the top three clubs in that particular league. We’re making sure that we're able to represent them fully, authentically, and now exclusively.
"They’re very storied clubs, with all sorts of incredible history behind them and alternately, that's a fantastic partnership for us.
Source : goal.com
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