2016/17 PES LEAGUE and the official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament now open via PES LEAGUE mode, as key qualifying dates and iconic venues confirmed
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has confirmed its exciting plans for PES LEAGUE and the ROAD TO CARDIFF, the official UEFA Champions League eSports
tournament, with an incredible $200,000 as first prize in the revamped 2016/17 PES LEAGU E .
Available exclusively to PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 users,
the Road to Cardiff
season begins today via the dedicated PES LEAGUE
mode available in PES 2017,
and the new free-to-play PES 2017 Trial Edition
. Additional PES LEAGUE
events will be open to players on all platforms.
The huge prize incentive comes as KONAMI increases the scope of its annual competition, which is recognised by UEFA as the o fficial UEFA Champions League eSports t ournament
. The ultimate winner will receive $200,000 with those in second and third place receiving $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. Additional prizes will also be available, with $20,000 going to the winners of the two European Regional Finals, the Americas Final and the Asia Final, with additional prizes for the runners-ups.
“KONAMI has demonstrated its skill in expanding the PES LEAGUE as a global totem for PES players, and we are delighted to be involved with this illustrious competition
,” said Guy-Laurent Epstein, Managing Director Marketing at UEFA. “The PES series has been a stunning showcase for the UEFA Champions League, and the confirmation that the PES LEAGUE is the Official UEFA Champions League eSport tournament, is the next logical step. As Europe’s greatest club teams compete to play in Cardiff in June, so the world’s best PES 2017 players will do the same for a chance to be crowned the greatest.
Officially kicking off today, users can register to compete in the 2016/17 PES LEAGUE
and begin the first of many games as they play matches that will see them ranked against their peers. All scores and results from matches played within the PES LEAGUE
mode are logged and entrants can monitor their progress via the PES LEAGUE
website. Entry is also open to those using the new free-to-play, PES 2017 Trial Edition.
This special version of PES 2017
showcases the Exhibition mode and Skills Training, but will also allow users to compete within PES LEAGUE
. The PES LEAGUE
has seen huge growth in recent years, and the 2016/17 event will be open to players from all over the globe, each looking to represent their region in Cardiff ahead of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Final.
Launched under the ROAD TO CARDIFF
banner to reflect the 2016/17 competitions position as the o fficial UEFA Champions League eSports t ournament
, the national qualifying stages take place in Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America, using online matches to determine the best qualifying 16.
Entry to the new PES LEAGUE
season is free. “I saw for myself at gamescom last year just how high the level of skill is within the PES community
,” stated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund striker and one of the official PES ambassadors. “While I consider myself good at the game, the guys who will vie for a place in Cardiff are at another level. The Official PES LEAGUE is the best way to prove just how good you are at PES 2017, and I look forward to seeing the world’s best players showing their skills
For Europe, the first season of the regional qualifiers will run until January 5th
, 2017. The second season will be held between February 16th
and March 16th
, 2017. Similarly, two qualifying stages in the Americas will take place, with the first running between December 15th
through until January 12th
, 2017 and the second taking place between January 12th
through until February 16th
, 2017. Asia will have one qualifying stage that begins today and will finish on February 23rd
, 2017.“We have enjoyed many great nights of European football at the Camp Nou and now we welcome the cream of mainland Europe’s PES 2017 community,”
said Manel Arroyo, FCB Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Our facilities will be a fitting venue to host such a meeting of PES talent and we anticipate a series of highly-charged matches full of flowing football and individual brilliance during this illustrious eSports event.”
With KONAMI establishing preferred partnership programmes with the world’s greatest football clubs, the first of the European qualifiers will be held at FC Barcelona in February 2017. The 16 competitors will gather in a special play area within the iconic ground, before entering a series of knock-out matches to decide the final four players to represent Europe at the PES LEAGUE
World Final in Cardiff. April 2017 will then see the 16 best American players gather at a soon to be announced location for their regional final. Four places are on offer for those qualifying from the Americas, thus ensuring a high level of competition to make the cut.
The European regional qualifiers finals will take place in April 2017 at a stadium location, soon to be announced. The initial 16 players will be whittled down to just four via another knock-out competition. Thus, with Europe’s eight entrants determined, they will be joined by the four qualifiers from the Americas, two from Asia, and one representing the rest of world, as well as one challenger to be selected at a later stage.
As has become traditional and in line with PES 2017
’s position as exclusive licensee of the UEFA competitions, the conclusion to the 2016/17 season will take place ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final in June 2017. The ultimate winner will be given the main prize. The finalists will also receive tickets to watch the UEFA Champions League Final match.
“T he Official PES LEAGUE continues to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted to announce that the Road to Cardiff tournament begins today and is officially recognised by UEFA as the o fficial UEFA Champions League eSports t ournament
,” said Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director - Brand & Business Development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “We are also delighted that such key matches will take place in suitably auspicious venues, and thank our partners at FC Barcelona for providing such an iconic landscape for one of the o fficial UEFA Champions League eSports t ournament qualifier venues. There are more stadium announcements coming though so watch this space. ”
Full details and schedules of KONAMI’s other exciting plans for PES LEAGUE
tournament will be announced for wider players early next year.
To register for the 2016/17 PES LEAGUE
, please visit: www.pesleague.com/
For more information, please visit us at:https://www.konami.com/wepes/2017/eu/en/ Media Contact: Steve Merrett
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