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PES 2020 Gets Exclusive Rights To Euro 2020 Tournament In Another Major Blow To FIFA 20

PES 2020 Gets Exclusive Rights To Euro 2020 Tournament In Another Major Blow To FIFA 20

Konami today announced that eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 will be the exclusive home of Euro 2020 -- dealing another major blow to EA Sports' FIFA 20.

The Japanese publisher confirmed that PES 2020 owners would receive the Euro 2020 tournament as free downloadable content in Q2 2020.

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Konami's collaboration with UEFA also means that over 50 football associations have their national teams available at launch in the upcoming title.

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According to the PES 2020 publisher, the fully licensed Euro 2020 DLC will bring national teams' kits, crests and players to the title ahead of the competition kicking off in June next year.

Konami and UEFA will continue their partnership through an eSports competition that will have players representing the different European national football associations.

The tournament will have an online qualifying stage and the top 16 teams will progress to an actual event held in London between the semi-finals and final of next year's Euros.

The Euro 2020 add-on will be coming to PES 2020 across all platforms.

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Credit: Konami
Credit: Konami

Guy Laurent-Epstein, the marketing director for UEFA Events SA, said: "We are very pleased to continue and extend our working partnership with Konami.

"UEFA Euro 2020 provides an opportunity to build an even closer working relationship, allowing us to activate it in new and exciting ways, and to engage with our mutual fans around the world."

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Jonas Lygaard, the senior director of brand and business development at Konami, added: "Our teams have pulled out all the stops to secure the biggest and best licences possible for eFootball PES 2020; quality licences that match the level we set each year when it comes to gameplay.

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"The partnership with UEFA and the Euro 2020 tournament is a big win for our community and new users who look for fresh content throughout the year."

Credit: Konami
Credit: Konami
Credit: Konami
Credit: Konami

Konami has continued to bolster PES 2020's position to challenge FIFA 20 in the market with partnerships with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United.

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And the publisher has also secured exclusive agreements with Boca Juniors, River Plate and Juventus for licensing rights.

It was announced on Monday that PES 2020 would also have a fully licensed Serie A and feature the Italian league's logo, trophy and associated badges.

PES 2020 is slated to launch on 10th September for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Topics: gaming news, Xbox One, FIFA 20, eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, Konami, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, PES 2020, PC, PlayStation 4, PS4

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