Manchester City Football Club became the second Premier League club that has signed an eSports player.
18 year old Kieran Brown will represent the team when he plays EA Sports’s FIFA16 while live streaming on Amazon’s gaming site Twitch and publishing gaming videos from the club’s YouTube Channel.
Diego Gigliani, SVP, Media and Innovation, City Football Marketing, added: “This is a natural evolution for Manchester City. We’ve been very involved with our partner, EA SPORTS, and the FIFA franchise for some time.”
In May, West Ham United Football Club signed 24-year-old Sean Allen to play video games for them.
“As eSports continues to gain momentum, it makes sense for our Club to be part of the action and get closer to our fans, who love playing EA SPORTS FIFA as Manchester City,” Gigliani added. “We will be a bigger presence at gaming tournaments, we will have more content through our digital channels and we will activate even more with our fans at matches and Club events.”
Brown said: “It’s exciting; it’s something new for the club and it’s something new for me. I’m going to livestream on Twitch, I’m going to be making videos for Manchester City’s YouTube channel and I’m going to be playing some City fans and representing City in future tournaments, which I’m looking forward to. This is an opportunity which not many people get the chance to do and I couldn’t turn it down.”
“When we set out to find an eSports player, we decided we wanted someone who was a fantastic, young, talent, but also with a hunger and a desire to grow,” Gigliani said in a statement. “We strongly believe we have found that in Kieran. He is full of potential. Not only is he a great player, but we also believe he will engage and interact brilliantly with our fans all around the world.”