FC Barcelona has furthered its commitment to creating an esports footprint, announcing the creation of a Rocket League team.
Placing a greater focus on esports, Barça will compete in the most important competitions such as the Rocket League Championship Series and international DreamHack, which unites the best teams worldwide.
The UK’s Robert “Roken” Kendall will be managing Barça team he commented on his role and Barca’s esports growth: “Being part of FC Barcelona is the greatest thing that any athlete can achieve, so I am deeply honoured to lead this team, the fact that FC Barcelona is joining the Rocket League is a success for both the club and the community.”
The Barça roster will include the Spaniard Adrián “Bymateos” Mateos and the British players David “Deevo” William and Daniel “Bluey” Brian, both winners of the most recent Rocket League Championship Series. Furthermore, the Frenchman Yanis “Alpha54” Champenois, a promising young player who has already made a name for himself in the competitive Rocket League scene, will also be part of the squad.
This new FC Barcelona squad joins the existing Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) squad, a game developed by Konami, one of the Club’s official sponsors. The PES team contains the Spanish players Alex Alguacil and Pau Lara and they lead the eFootball.pro competition and have qualified for the finals.
The Spanish champions currently take part in eFootball.Pro, a PES league formed by developer KONAMI and the club’s Spanish defender, Gerard Piqué, who currently plays for the Spanish side. Other clubs that take part in the competition are Schalke 04, AS Monaco, Celtic FC, FC Nantes, and Boavista FC.