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Pro Evolution Soccer will no longer have Champions League license

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Spoofed screenshot from PES 2018 showing that Konami no longer have Champions League license
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Champions League

Konami and UEFA have had a 10 year long partnership but it's come to an end. Starting with Pro Evolution Soccer 2019, the game will no longer have Champions League, Super Cup or UEFA Europa League licenses, leaving an open market to FIFA.

Konami and UEFA's licensing deal is ending after the Champions League finals in Kiev, Ukraine this year. This means the Pro Evolution Soccer series will no longer be able to use Champions League brand in future games so it will probably revert to a spoofed competition that resembles Champions League in format and participation for Master League and Become a Legend purposes.

UEFA and Konami have entered negotiations to extend the deal back in 2015 and it was announced that UEFA Europa League, Champions League and Super Cup licenses will be present in the PES series until 2019 but now it appears the deal was cut short.

KonamiScreenshot of Valencia CF's team in PES 2018.PES 2018

Lack of Champions League license may be bad news for PES series but it is not the end of the world for them as Konami have been struggling to get even club licenses but they've been pulling through for more than a decade without them. Anyone who has ever played a PES game will know names such as "Man Blue" and "London FC". 

The bad news is that this will likely help FIFA as no other game will hold as many licenses. Besides, EA are filling the FIFA series with as much money as it needs due to the massive revenue it generates for the company through microtransactions. 

KonamiPicture of David Beckham in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018.PES 2018

The parting of ways seems to have ended on amicable terms though, as Jonas Lygaard, senior director of brand and business development for Konami said that the UEFA Champions League license has given Konami "a platform to create unique experiences and provided fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand".