Electronic sports have managed to attract the attention of numerous football professionals due to their youth and their growth projection in the short, medium and long term.
That esports is a sector on the rise is something undeniable today, especially when it is impossible to glimpse what its ceiling is because every year more and more companies decide to bet on it as an investment sector . The footballers, who have to know how to take advantage of the money they earn while still dressed in shorts, have not been less and have also been able to see the attractiveness of this world, just like many football teams have done in eSports .
Several players who have played or currently play in the Spanish league have joined the shareholder board or become a brand ambassador for a club. And there are many who, despite being fervent game lovers, have not dared to undertake investments, such as the case of Brazilian Neymar, who has flirted with clubs like SK Gaming and who has never hidden his love for CS.Go, Fortnite or FIFA.
David Villa, DV7
His stay in Japan has helped him experience first-hand the enormous evolution of esports and encouraged him to jump into it. The former striker of the Spanish team took advantage of the foundation of his soccer school to open an electronic sports team that would compete in the VFO , a FIFA league whose game mode is 11 against 11.
The DV7 E-Soccer currently plays in the third division B of the tournament, a testing ground for the Asturian player in case the bet goes well and he would like to continue expanding his investments in the esports team that bears his name.
That the central defender of FC Barcelona is a fan of video games is vox populi . In fact, one of his first companies was Kerad Games , a video game studio that once had 35 employees and had to close because, despite developing interesting titles —such as Golden Manager , a fantasy game similar to Comunio— , these were not profitable enough to support them.
In the field of esports , he created eFootball . Pro , a subsidiary with which the Japanese company Konami entered into an agreement to organise Pro Evolution Soccer tournaments . In fact, he asked another of his companies, Esports Media Rights , to manage the PES Legends regional finals that took place in Milan and Barcelona.
Today, eFootball.Pro is one of the biggest leagues in the game in terms of prize money and visibility. In her, participate the FC Barcelona, Schalke 04, AC Monaco, Celtic of Glasgow, Boavista and Nantes. It is expected that little by little other football clubs will join the competition
After amassing a good fortune in the world of poker, the legendary striker for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, among many other clubs, together with André Akkari and Igor Trafane, bought 50% of CNB e-Sports Club , one of the most important in South America.
In the statement in which they announced the purchase of shares, Ronaldo assured that he would try to implant “the adrenaline of football and poker tables” in electronic sports . Of course, the decisions related to the squads and players continue to be made by the founders of the club, Cleber Fonseca ‘Fuzi’ and Carlos Júnior ‘Fury’.
The former FC Barcelona player and current Everton player became part of the board of investors of G2 , the club owned by the Spanish Carlos Rodríguez ‘Ocelote’, through the firm EverBlue Management and the Brazilian businessman Marc Lemann, son of one of the richest men in Brazil according to data from Forbes.
The entry of this company allowed G2 to increase its budget and its presence in other competitions and video games . The player explained that his decision was based on the fact that “the digital world is growing enormously” and he sees “enormous potential in esports. Carlos has vast experience both as a successful player and as a team owner, and he has managed to make G2 esports something very interesting”, reasons that moved him to choose the Spanish club and not another.
The Spanish defender surprised his fans when he uploaded a photo to his Social Networks wearing the Origen shirt, the team of his compatriot Enrique Cedeño ‘xPeke’ , who needed a capital increase in order to enter the long-awaited LCS and clean up his accounts, who were suffering at the time.
Arbeloa had already given various clues, often interacting with the team’s official profiles, until the photo became official. Since then, the team has managed to stabilise and rise as one of the top League of Legends teams in Europe.
The Sevilla left-back followed in Arbeloa’s footsteps and accepted Team Heretics ‘ offer to become both a shareholder and image of the club . “Since I was little I have always been a video game player and consumer of electronic sports. When the opportunity arose to be able to join Team Heretics, it was a very good opportunity for me”, he assured at a press conference.
When the Belgian winger left Atlético de Madrid for Dalian Yifang of the Chinese Super League, he confessed that one of the reasons that had led him to change scenery was that the country “offers him the opportunity to develop personal and professional projects ”, specifically “in esports as an ambassador of ARES”. In fact, Carrasco was the first player to leave behind a promising career in Europe in order to fully immerse himself in the world of electronic sports.