West Ham turns into first English Premiership soccer membership to signal an e-sports activities participant
West Ham United has develop into the primary soccer staff within the U.Okay. to embrace e-sports activities after the membership signed professional gamer and World Cup runner-up Sean Allen, aka Dragonn.
Market analysis agency Newzoo tipped the worldwide e-sports activities market to succeed in $463 million this yr and develop to surpass $1 billion earlier than 2020, and, whereas the English Premiership is among the most seen sports activities franchises globally, few groups have forayed into digital sports activities.
Allen misplaced in final yr’s FIFA interactive World Cup remaining however has certified for each rating FIFA e-sports activities occasion this yr. The 24-yr-previous has taken West Ham squad quantity 50, and can put on the membership’s shirt whereas representing them at skilled tournaments.
I’m very proud to announce… that I’m the official FIFA Participant for @whufc_official.
— Sean Allen (@Dragonn_WHUFC) Might 6, 2016
West Ham’s head of digital advertising, Karim Virani, informed the membership’s web site that it had been trying to signal an e-sports activities skilled “for some time.”
“The digital recreation is extremely in style with our followers, so we’re actually enthusiastic about what we have now in retailer for them,” Virani added.
“This can be a massive transfer for West Ham United. I’ve heard that Sean is an enormous participant within the e-sports activities area so I’m delighted that we’ve got managed to safe his providers,” supervisor Slaven Bilic added.
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