Celtic have secured another UK first, but it’s not something anyone would’ve predicted.
The Hoops have recently been pushing the seemingly increasingly popular e-sports movement. They most recently took part in the eFootball.Pro league earlier this year. The club signed up Italians Ettore Giannuzzi and Luca Tubelli to take part in the competition on their behalf.
And now, it looks as though we’re taking steps to branch out in the e-sports industry outside of football.
The club has officially become the first team in the UK to create an e-sports team not dedicated to football titles. Now, the club has signed up a team dedicated to Call of Duty. The contest takes place in LA on Wednesday, and will take place across four days.
Five members will make up the Hoops team. Sean O’Conner, Shea Sweeney, Ben Brance, Byron Plumridge, and Sam Dineley will represent Celtic’s e-sports branch.
Miguel Pacheco, Celtic’s International Business Development Manager, has stated that the club has seen an opportunity here. Speaking to E-Sportsinsider, this is what Pacheco had to say:
“This is a great opportunity in an esports area where we see almost no engagement from professional football Clubs or traditional sports organisations.
“As we continue to develop and grow our Celtic FC Esports initiative, we are delighted to be able to support the team in such a high-profile esports event which has been incredibly successful in recent years.
“The fact that Seany and QwiKeR are Celtic fans through and through makes it even more exciting to us as we continue to see the crossover between the traditional and digital worlds.”
Big Celtic fans make the e-sports team
Well fair play to Sean and Shea. The duo are officially representing Celtic at a major competition. The only difference is it’s just not on the pitch, but in their seats!
Beyond my wildest dreams. The only way I can sum this opportunity up! I cannot wait to represent @CelticFCEsports in the famous green and white hoops at the biggest event of the year 🍀 https://t.co/5ANcU5pwGO
— Shea (@QwiKeR) August 12, 2019
The competition they’ll participate in is called the Call of Duty World League finals. Celtic are the only official football club to be represented in the competition.
The gamers will take on Elevate and eUnited on day one. They will then take on RBL eSports on day two. It will be interesting to see how the Celts get on.
This isn’t a venture we know too much about as supporters. It’s certainly something the club seem keen to push forward, and the popularity of the e-sports industry appears to be growing well outside of our wee country.
Hopefully the lads put on a good show in LA over the course of their four-day event. As it stands, however, the e-sports gig is still all new to supporters.