Konami today announced that German side Schalke 04 are the latest team to become an official partner club. With club rivals Borussia Dortmund pulling out of their license agreement last minute and 2 years early, Die Königsblauen ( the royal blues ) seem to be their replacement or, they could have been lined up already but neither theories have been confirmed. The 7 time German champions had this to say via their official website:
S04 Marketing Director Alexander Jobst: "We are pleased to have won KONAMI, a world-renowned game manufacturer for us. This shows that the pioneering role of FC Schalke 04 in the area of Esport is also internationally recognized. Like no other company, KONAMI stands for transferring our core area, football, to the virtual turf. This allows our supporters to interact with the real S04 team in the world-famous simulation Pro Evolution Soccer. "
The fans of the Royal Blues can look forward to a faithful replica of the licensed players department of FC Schalke 04 in Pro Evolution Soccer. In the course of the collaboration, KONAMI will create a detailed image of all players and transfer the technical abilities as well as the unmistakable "on and off the ball" movements of players like Ralf Fährmann, Amine Harit or Breel Embolo into the virtual field. Also the "living room of the miners", the VELTINS-Arena, will find its way into the soccer simulation with its unique northern curve and incomparable mood.
In addition to its extensive presence in the VELTINS Arena, KONAMI will also receive product presentation options in the catering area of the stadium, as well as hospitality contingents and an extensive involvement in the Club Media activities of FC Schalke 04. In addition, there is intensive cooperation with the esport department of the squires agreed.
Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director for Brand & Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment BV had this to say:
"FC Schalke 04 is one of the most well-known and successful football clubs in Europe and has a long-term commitment to the Esport sector. This fits perfectly with KONAMI. It is therefore great news to be able to portray the team and also the VELTINS Arena in PES 2019. We look forward to the numerous game-loving S04 fans. "
This is an interesting turn of events and a good acquisition by Konami if indeed it is a move to replace Dortmund. What do you think? Let us know via our usual channels.