Juventus FC and Konami announced a major deal today, as the Italian soccer club will now be an exclusive team in eFootball PES 2020.
Juventus and PES
Konami announced that it has entered a multi-year exclusive agreement with Juventus FC, the reigning Italian champions. The deal means that Juventus, along with its home stadium, Allianz Stadium, will only be featured in Pro Evolution Soccer.
In addition to the exclusive deal, Konami announced that Juventus FC midfielder Miralem Pjanic will be featured on the cover of eFootball PES 2020. Pjanic will also act as an official PES ambassador.
Konami’s Senior Director of Brand & Business Development Jonas Lygaard commented that he is very excited for the future between PES and Juventus FC. Lygaard commented, “Our comprehensive partnership with Juventus FC, one of the greatest teams in the world, is a clear statement of intent for eFootball PES 2020 – the only console game where you can play as the Italian giants. With eFootball PES, playing is believing and we’re proud to have Juventus FC believe in us and our exciting future together.”
What does this mean for FIFA?
The big announcement from Konami today also means that EA Sports’ FIFA will no longer feature Juventus’ team name or logo. In a statement on EA’s website. the development team stated that their relationship with the Italian soccer club ended on June 30, and the team will not be featured in upcoming FIFA games.
To replace Juventus, FIFA will implement a fictional team named Piemonte Calcio in its upcoming game. Piemonte Calcio will replace Juventus, and will be playable across various game modes in FIFA. And even though they won’t have the rights to the team name and logo, FIFA will still have the rights to their players thanks to their agreement with FIFPro.
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