Gerard Piqué is working on his own esports organisation.
Manchester City, West Ham United, Paris Saint-German, Schalke 04, the list is endless. Professional sports clubs are finally realising the attractive investment that is esports. Could one of the biggest clubs in world football be next?
Gerard Piqué, the current centre back for F.C. Barcelona and the Spanish national team, recently announced a big esports project on live radio.
Speaking on the morning program of El Mon a RAC1, a popular radio station in Catalonia, Spain, Piqué went on to talk about his plans on launching his esports project.
He hasn’t revealed any further details, yet, but he mentioned that rather than investing in an existing team, like fellow football legend, Ronaldo, or NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, Piqué wants to start his own team. Much like Rick Fox, who purchased Team Gravity in 2015 and turned it into his own brand, Echo Fox.
This isn’t the first time Piqué has taken a fancy to the gaming industry. In 2015, he founded a video game development company called Kerad Games. Most notably known for Golden Manager, a mobile game for Android and Apple. However, he also revealed on El Mon a RAC1 that he's:
“only known about esports for about 6 months now”.
In esports, it’s exceedingly hard to start from scratch. Players and employees are hard to come by, and the best are under contract. At this point, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Gerard does pull a Rick Fox and buy’s an already complete brand, with all of its assets and rebrands it to what he wants.
Pique has done it all in football; having won the FIFA World Cup with Spain, been only one of four players to ever win the UEFA Champions League (the biggest club competition in the world) two years in a row with different teams, as well as multiple Spanish accolades. They don’t come much bigger than Gerard.
Saying that, Pique’s background makes him a great contender to enter competitive FIFA or Pro Evolution Soccer (where he attended the PES League Finals 2017 in February), and that makes it an obvious choice. However, it would be a real shame if a player and celebrity of his calibre entered two esports at the lower end of the esports ranks.
With that being said, it’s still an exceptionally positive move, and one that’s only going to boost the esport scene. I just hope he goes the extra mile to create an esport organisation that competes in the biggest esport titles.