Atlético Madrid has unveiled its new esports team ahead of the side’s participation in the eLaLiga, the Spanish organisations official FIFA 20 Ultimate Team tournament.
Atlético de Madrid eSports will work with the established competitive gaming organisation Movistar Riders as part of the project.
Movistar Riders CEO Fernando Piquer commented: “We couldn’t be any happier and prouder of the three years we’ve worked with Atlético de Madrid. This will be a very nice competition organised by LaLiga. We’re going to give it our all to do as well as possible.”
Along with the club’s esports announcement the team has also signed its first competitive gamer in Andoni Payo, who will represent the club during the eLaLiga campaign which starts today.
The competition features two phases, a series of tournaments, and the grand final in May.
Atlético captain Koke will also be present at today’s kick off event and welcomed the virtual player to the club.
The player emphasised: “Wearing this badge and this shirt is very important. Every Atlético fan will support you and I’m sure you’ll do great.”
Multiple other Spanish clubs have begun partnering with esports organisations in order to claim the first eLaLiga trophy. Today Giants Gaming and Sevilla revealed an exclusive FIFA 20 partnership while last week RC Deportivo announced Nacho Abella and Iván Rubianes will both take part in the competition.
Atlético de Madrid eSports’ partners Movistar Raiders were created in 2017 by Telefónica and Riders, competing in several popular esports titles such as League of Legends and CS:GO.