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Konami and UEFA Champions League Parting Ways, PES Will Not Lose Any Team Licenses

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Konami and UEFA Champions League Parting Ways, PES Will Not Lose Any Team Licenses

It seems a pretty big license just opened up as UEFA and Konami announced they are going their separate ways into the future. This means the Champions League is now a video games free agent.

UPDATE: (4-19)

Here’s the Press Text:

The 2018 UEFA Champions League final in Kyiv will mark the end of a very successful and fruitful 10-year partnership between Konami and the UEFA Champions League.

The UEFA Champions League offered the perfect media and activation platform for Konami and has been a key feature within its world-renowned Pro Evolution Soccer video game.

Commenting on the end of this long-standing partnership, Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of UEFA Events SA, said: “Konami has been a strong licensing partner for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, with our competition brand being heavily featured within the video game and as part of the popular Konami-organised UEFA Champions League e-sports tournaments’.

“It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership. UEFA would like to thank Konami for its tremendous commitment and support to UEFA club competitions for the last decade and we look forward to continuing to work with Konami in the sphere of UEFA national team football.”

Jonas Lygaard, senior director of brand & business development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. said: “The UEFA Champions League licence has given us a platform to create unique experiences and provide football fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand.

“This year, however, we will shift our focus into other areas. We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong.”

Analysis

The obvious direction this seems to be going is that EA will end up gobbling up this license for their huge FIFA franchise, and that’s probably a good place which to put your bets. What this means for PES is the bigger story though, as the game is already pretty short on licenses and losing a big one like the Champions League may hurt the series a bit more than you’d otherwise think. Of course the series’ gameplay, a favorite amongst many, won’t be changing no matter which licenses are held by PES — but the amount of people enjoying that gameplay is the key to whether the series survives into the future or not.

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  1. "Of course the series’ gameplay, a favorite amongst many, won’t be changing no matter which licenses are held by PES"
    That was 10 years ago now? Anyway that's terrible news. I don't mean the loss of the licence, I mean the fact that gameplay won't be changing. :)
    Horrible news. When they bought the license for PES 2009 I was so happy that Konami were actually going to implement the tournament into Master League instead of selling a totally separate Champions League game every few years or so like the other company.
    This also explains the reasons why UEFA didn't list "Officially Sponsored UCL Videogames" on their sponsorship/partner renewal agendas (found here).
    Also, the last portion of the press release suggests we may not see the CL in any game for a while:
    Jonas Lygaard, senior director of brand & business development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. said: "The UEFA Champions League licence has given us a platform to create unique experiences and provide football fans from all over the world with an opportunity to enjoy this competition first-hand.
    "This year, however, we will shift our focus into other areas. We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong."
    They needed more licenses to compete with FIFA but they lost their strongest license that they had in hand.. WOW. That's pretty bad news for PES
    This is pretty big news and bad news as well. Having the license added so much to the game and implementation into the master league. I hate generic cups and competitions. Maybe Fifa will pick up this license for their game now.
    We'll see what they do with the free'd up resources. Who cares about CL when no one plays ML because it's so broken? You can't even use the CL ball in friendlies when playing against pals at your house.
    Damn, I loved the CL integration in Master League man..this grows the list of things to mod for modders to mod next year. This is pretty bad news.
    This doesn't matter. The PES team just needs to add in their own presentation package to all the leagues they have in the game, or at least the top leagues and one package for all the lower leagues. This is something they should have been doing little by little anyways. They also should allow people to create leagues, and unlock the edit mode options limit. I should be able to have more edit data because of my actual system HDD. Idk why there's a limit, and a low one at that. Overhaul the entire menu design.
    Good news is they seem to be focusing on Master League, and possibly BAL this year, with huge changes they said were coming. PES has the best soccer gameplay every year, but sliders are needed. They could make it near perfect. It's things like this that make the game feel like it's stuck in a time warp. Adam Bhatti said to expect a bunch of improvements made to exceed our expectations from an annual title. Idk about that, but we'll see. Cautiously optimistic, especially as someone who skipped PES 18 because the modes had hardly changed. Hopefully I can have a soccer game this year.
    Honestly this licenses added nothing to the game IMO beside just the overlay and the official music. Didn't even have all the teams so you could even replicate the group stage without edits.
    Calling it now, PES will lose more team licenses. Adam Bhatti is one of the biggest t-polishers in video games, I wouldn't trust his word on PES having nothing to worry about.
    I've heard people say that this good because it means that they will have more time and manpower to focus on gameplay or whatever. Lol that's not how Konami operates.
    Yeah they didn't do a whole lot with this license, but having the overlays and presentation elements was pretty sweet. I still miss the Copa Libertadores mode they used to have.
    KG
    I’m interested in hearing about these new licenses.

    Me too. I'm just speculating here, but as a fan of both FIFA and PES, I really hope it's not some new exclusivity deal that locks EA out of, say, Bundesliga and La Liga. Exclusivity deals are the worst, and nowhere are they more prevalent than the footy games, where there are tons of league licenses involved. (And yes, I realize that EA has their share of exclusives as well.)
    I'm probably in the minority, but FIFA is my "officially licensed" game, and I'd still buy PES even if it had exactly zero official licenses and FIFA had them all. With PES, customization options are all I need.
    I'm definitely interested to see the added licenses. I'm guessing PL, Bundesliga, and La Liga are staying put with EA Sports, but it'll be nice if PES gets them too.
    More than likely, they'll focus on Serie A, Premeira Liga, and maybe even Liga MX. All would be welcome full licenses.
    We'll see I guess. I'm glad they're going to use the CL license money to add more though.
    I wonder if EA snagged the CL license, or if neither game will have the official license?
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