Major League Soccer strikes a big and mutually beneficial deal with eFootball

Some people call it soccer, some people call it football

Fans of what’s been called the beautiful game will now have the chance to spend plenty of time with their favourites Major League Soccer players. Game developer Konami has entered into an agreement with the MSPLA (Major League Soccer Players’ Association) that will impact the way people look at eFootball. Under the deal, Konami has the green light to use digital versions of MLSPA players in the game.

We’re not just talking their faces, but names, numbers, and jerseys, with the goal being to deliver “wider engagement across North American soccer audiences.”

There was, unfortunately, no announcement on why eFootball has chosen to salt its game with North American soccer players, who don’t always have the star wattage of their European counterparts. Or, for that matter, why the game is called football in Europe, but soccer in North America. And while we’re on the subject, what do they call North American football in Europe? Handball? And if so, what do they then call the game that’s known as handball on these shores? But, we digress.

Anyhow, in announcing the deal Konami spokesman Takayuki Kubo said, ““As we evolve our acclaimed soccer video game series towards a new brand direction, one key element of this transition is to further engage North American-based audiences on our updated eFootball franchise. This partnership with the MLSPA and OneTeam will allow KONAMI to further grow our presence in North America and deliver the most immersive global football experience to our fans.”

To that, MLSPA executive director Bob Foose added “The MLSPA is proud to partner with KONAMI to bring our players into the new world of eFootball. As the global football gaming community continues to expand and evolve, our members are excited to take the stage in this new simulation platform.”

One of the first plans of action was rolling out a team of ambassadors for eFootball featuring digital versions of MLSPA players. A mix of both veterans and rising stars, the list of ambassadors is as follows:

  • Efraín Álvarez
  • Eduard Atuesta
  • Caden Clark
  • Cade Cowell
  • Jonathan Dos Santos
  • Jesús Ferreira
  • Tony Leone
  • Josef Martinez
  • Andrés Perea
  • Cristian Roldan
  • Yeferson Soteldo

For those unfamiliar with eFootball, it is a new socc….er…football, simulation platform from the company that’s brought us PES and Winning Eleven. The title will launches worldwide on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10, and PC Steam this fall, with iOS and Android in the months that will follow.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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