Orlando Pirates Football Club has announced its first venture into the eSports arena by announcing its official FIFA eSports team.
For the first year, Orlando Pirates will focus its eSports energies on Electronic Arts franchise FIFA and will later look to moving into the more popular eSports segments such as Counter-Strike, League of Legends and/or Dota.
The 2017 Orlando Pirates eSports team consists of a total ten contracted players. The Club will power the eSports division and offer support for training, events and provide eSports-related logistical knowledge and support.
“The eSports industry is exploding and there is a huge talent pool in South Africa with untapped potential,” said Tokoloho Moeketsi, brand activation manager. “We have noticed that the level of professionalism in eSports has continued to grow over the past years and as Orlando Pirates we feel that now is the right time to enter this industry.”
The team will be captained by 3-time FIWC contender Abubakar Akhalwaya, who said: “This is a journey that has taken about three years with the Club. I am very happy to be part of this new venture and look forward to being part of the Orlando Pirates eSports family.”