During Konami’s E3 press conference, we learned that the company will focus more on eSports league going forward with PES 2020 and later releases of the popular soccer series. In order to reflect the changes, the company has confirmed that its “Pro Evolution Soccer” series has been rebranded as “eFootball PES 2020.”
The latest name change shouldn’t come off as a surprise since the company is pursuing its goals towards competing with Electronic Arts soccer title for some time now. Recently, Konami lost its primary sponsorship to bring UEFA competitions with the series as EA won the bid to bring all of the major club competitions with its FIFA series. As a result, Konami is pushing towards becoming eSports oriented in an attempt to attract more players to its offerings. However, we will have to wait few more days to learn more about the upcoming changes as the company is scheduled to reveal more details about competitive teams next month.
If Konami become successful in its latest eSports venture, PES2020 will compete directly with EA’s existing FIFA eSports tournaments. EA at the moment offers several eSports tournaments where players can compete in an online tournament to reach the top spot. On the other hand, Konami’s existing PES 2019 tournaments use local setups. While they provide no interruption to players, Konami understands that such environment doesn’t provide the hype associated with eSports tournaments. As we just have to wait little while before learning more about PES 2020 tournament, more details are likely to come out in next couple of days.