PES World League champions revealed at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal and Konami extend partnership

This weekend Esports News UK visited the Emirates Stadium to report on the 2019 PES World League Finals.

Co-hosted by none other than the Gunner legend Robert Pires himself, the co-op tournament kicked off on Friday.

There were upsets along the way, such as underdogs Beginners shocking the defending champions Broken Silence in their opening game.

One semi-final saw Tiger Esports take on Eligasul Stars and the other saw WANI versus Beginners.

Despite an impressive start and being 1-0 up against Eligasul Stars, a roster that features a former PES World League Champion GuiFera99, Tiger Esports lost their lead and the match was equalised in extra time.

Technical difficulties struck when a console crashed. After the match was restarted and replayed, it was the experienced Eligasul Stars who came out on top and won the first semi-final 2-0.

In the second semi-final, WANI drew first blood just ten minutes into the game and sent Beginners home with relative ease.

With a former world champion on one team and a 16-year-old rising star on the other, the grand final of the co-op tournament promised to be a PES spectacle. A mighty Eligasul Stars side took the lead in less than two minutes. The grand final finished with a 2-0 scoreline in favour of the Eligasul Stars and, as you can see in the image at the top of this article, the Brazilian side appeared overjoyed to win the competition.

Then, on Saturday, after months of preparation and a culmination of efforts across national and regional qualifiers, the 1v1 tournament started with a banger. Two former world champions, Ettorito97 and GuiFera99, kicked off the tournament, and with a wonderful team goal Ettorito97 took the win and finished the game 2-0. 

In Group C, the young prodigy ZEUS_FAIDAN tasted success again and won his opening game against S-Venom 5-2. And in Group D, former world champion Usmakabyle replicated the same 5-2 scoreline against LuKerZeven.

Before long, the last 16 bracket began and the first quarter-finals were being played.

In the first, defending champion, Ettorito97, wiped the floor with Verysutton. The final score was 5-0. The second game was far more tantalising as ZEUS_FAIDAN presented HenrykinhO with a PES masterclass when the pressure was on by turning a two-goal deficit at the 80-minute mark into a 4-2 final score in his favour.

In the third quarter-final Christopher_PW triumphed over The_Palma2 and the last quarter-final saw Usmakabyle beat Mayageka 5-2.

Young-gun ZEUS_FAIDAN went up against seasoned veteran and two-time world champion Ettorito97 in the first semi-final. Despite his best efforts, ZEUS_FAIDAN was overcome by Ettorito97 and the final score was 1-0.

Whilst ZEUS_FAIDAN may be disappointed with the result, he did a great job of showing what it takes to be Indonesia’s first PES World League Final representative.

The second semi-final was embroiled in storylines as two former champions, in the form of Christopher_PW and Usmakabyle, went head to head. In a game full of twists and turns, Usmakabyle eventually came out on top with a 4-2 finish.

Ettorito97 versus Usmakabyle promised to be one hell of a grand final and, as both players had two PES World League championships to their name, the winner would be the first ever PES professional to have won the World League Finals three times.

Due to this, there was a lot more than the first place cash prize at play and a whole lot of pride was on the line. Although an excited Ettorito97 struck first, Usmakabyle quickly equalised and that sequence of events repeated itself.

By the 90-minute mark the score was a remarkable 2-2. A further three goals were scored in extra-time but it was Usmakabyle who took the win and was crowned the PES World League Final champion for a record third time.

 

Konami extends Arsenal partnership

There was other PES news around the finals. Konami, the game’s developers, and Arsenal Football Club, made a PES partnership announcement. It was revealed that Arsenal’s players and stadium would feature prominently in the franchise's next game - eFootball PES 2020. An upgraded partnership between Konami and Arsenal will run until June 2022.

The press release described how the game will 'include a highly detailed recreation of Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium alongside 3D scans of the club’s players, capturing the visual likenesses of the players, imitating their movements, playing styles and tactical capabilities'. Details also revealed that a new game-mode called ‘Matchday’ will enable “Arsenal FC fans to come together for weekly events to compete in the biggest matches and secure victory against the club’s biggest rivals.”

Arsenal also said Konami would have access to the club's players and legends, and an exclusive Arsenal edition of the game would be available.

Additionally, Konami revealed that the eFootball PES 2020 demo will be released on July 30th on Xbox, PS4 and PC.

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