23 football teams from around the world are set to feature in the popular game Fortnite, after partnering with Epic Games.
The deals, that were facilitated by IMG - Fortnite's licensing representative - will allow users to represent teams from some of the most popular football leagues in the world, including the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A.
From the January 23, Fortnite gamers will be able to choose from ten variants of new 'Kickoff Set' outfits, which have been designed for the 23 clubs that have signed up to the partnership.
Those participating football teams are: Manchester City FC, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Seattle Sounders FC, Atlanta United , Los Angeles FC, Santos FC, Wolves, West Ham United FC, Sevilla FC, Sporting CP, Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Schalke 04, VfL Wolfsburg, Rangers FC, Celtic FC, Cerezo Osaka, Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers, EC Bahia.
“This is a truly international collaboration, tapping into clubs from almost every continent and offering fans the opportunity to express their passion for the beautiful game and their favourite team through the trailblazing world of Fortnite.” said Matthew Primack, senior vice president of licensing at IMG.
Meanwhile, as part of Manchester City's collaboration with Fortnite and Epic Games, they will be partnering with FaZe Clan, one of the biggest esports and entertainment organisations in the world.
To celebrate the launch of all 23 teams being added to the Fortnite, Manchester City and FaZe Clan have partnered to hold the FaZe City Cup Featuring Fortnite on January 21. The event will be the first Fortnite tournament held between City and the FaZe Clan and will see the top 5o duos pairings compete to win early access to the Manchester City skin and in-game emotes.
The Premier League outfit first partnered with FaZe Clan in 2019, where they have been able to create content and launch limited edition product collaborations, as well as holding events in both Manchester and Los Angeles.
Nuria Tarre, chief marketing officer at City Football Group, said: “The FaZe City Cup featuring Fortnite is an exciting first for the club in one of the most popular gaming titles globally and we hope fans worldwide will get involved in the competition and wear their Manchester City outfits in-game with pride.”
“Given their significant existing presence within Fortnite, we are delighted to partner with FaZe Clan on this competition. It is further testament to our partnership with FaZe Clan, through which we will continue to explore opportunities to bring our fans new and immersive ways to engage with the club.”
Lee Trink, FaZe Clan CEO, added: “The FaZe City Cup featuring Fortnite is an important illustration of our groundbreaking partnership with Manchester City. Alongside Manchester City, we are thrilled to be a part of a competitive tournament in Fortnite. We look forward to building on this tournament and hope to produce more entertaining competitions in the future.”
Author: Jake Wilkin