PES' successor might be rough around the edges but it's trying to innovate in the esports section and Coppa Italia is one such attempt.
Konami announced that eFootball 2023 will have a new esports competition that will combine an esports pro, a partner club youth player and a regular player for each of the participating teams for Coppa Italia, a new esports event that will unfold exclusively in Italy.
There is a lot to unpack here but the main takeaways are rules, participating teams and participating players.
First, the participating partner teams are AC Milan, AC Monza, AS Roma, Atalanta BC, FC Internazionale Milano, SS Lazio and SSC Napoli.
Each of the teams will have three eFootball players representing them in the tournament - a youth player, an esports pro and a regular eFootball player.
All of the partner teams will hold in-house competitions for their youth team members and esports pros in order to determine who will represent them. The third member of each team will be a regular player, who can earn their place through an online qualification tournament, called Konamici.
Konamici will kick off in February 2023 and wrap up at some point in March and any Italian fans who are interested can register online for the tournament while the in-house tournaments are expected to finish before that.
With each of the three-member teams ready, the group stage will commence and once the matches are played, the standings will affect the draw for the knock-out phase that is scheduled for April 2023.
Grand Finals will be the end of the knockout phase and it will happen on the weekend between April 28 and May 1, 2023. The winning team will get a new multimedia and gaming centre at their youth training complex.