Konami has confirmed that its Pro Evolution Soccer League World Tour 2018 will be the official UEFA Champions League eSports competition. Since 2009, Konami has been working with UEFA, with the license agreement to recreate the UEFA Champions League.
Pro Evolution Soccer League World Tour 2018 will kick off with a couple offline events. The events will start in the winter of 2017 and run into 2018. The finals will take place in 2018 where, according to the press release, "the players who have achieved the highest points in the ranking will be qualified to fight for the world champion title. This upcoming season, there will also be a competition for the new co-op mode."
"We look forward to this season’s PES eSports events and the opportunity it provides for gamers and viewers to further engage with the UEFA Champions League brand," said UEFA Events SA Marketing Director, Guy-Laurent Epstein.
Hideki Hayakawa, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. added, "I am delighted to be able to work with UEFA for this opportunity not only to bring an exciting experience for the participating players, but to also be able to provide Football fans from all over the world an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand at the physical events or through live streams."
UEFA is the governing body of European football. "UEFA's mission is to promote, protect and develop European football at every level of the game, to promote the principles of unity and solidarity, and to deal with all questions relating to European football" says the press release.