Orlando Pirates get in on the eSports Action
Premier Soccer League heavyweight, Orlando Pirates, is venturing into the world of ESports.
In a statement on their website, the football club said that it will focus on EA’s FIFA franchise for the first year, and then thereafter expand into titles such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends and/or Dota.
“The eSports industry is exploding and there is a huge talent pool in South Africa with untapped potential,” said Tokoloho Moeketsi, Brand Activation Manager, in a statement.
“We have noticed that the level of professionalism in eSports has continued to grow over the past years and as Orlando Pirates we feel that now is the right time to enter this industry.”
It further explained that the 2017 Orlando Pirates eSports team will consist of a total ten contracted players, and will offer support for training, events and provide eSports-related logistical knowledge and support.
The 2017 Orlando Pirates eSports team will also have a powerhouse taking the reins, as 3-time FIWC contender Abubakar Akhalwaya has been appointed as captian.
“This is a journey that has taken about three years with the Club. I am very happy to be part of this new venture and look forward to being part of the Orlando Pirates eSports family,” he said.
This is happening less than a year after rivals, Kaizer Chiefs entered the world of competitive video games. More traditional teams like PSG, are moving into this world. Last year for example, Westham became the first team in England to embrace eSports.
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