Italian outfit Atalanta have become the fifth Serie A side to sign an exclusive partnership agreement with Konami, for PES 2021 and beyond.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, who finished third in Serie A in the 2020/21 campaign, will now feature exclusively on Konami’s eFootball PES gaming franchise, in what is another major blow to EA Sports and their FIFA gaming franchise.
As part of their agreement, Konami has secured exclusive rights to the use of the Atalanta license, including team name, crest and kits, within real-time football simulation games, starting with the 2021/22 football season.
Following the signing of this exclusive partnership agreement, Atalanta will NOT feature in EA Sports’ yet to be released FIFA 22 game in their current form, joining fellow Serie A sides Juventus, Napoli, Lazio and Roma as teams who won’t be on the game.
* Click here to subscribe to Level up! The Esports and Gaming Show, the podcast is available on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.*
However, although Atalanta won’t feature on the game, there will be an unofficially named team resembling the club that will be given a generic name, badge and kit.
And authentic real-world Atalanta players, like Duvan Zapata, Josip Ilicic and others will still feature in FIFA and FIFA Ultimate Team.
Italian giants Juventus were the first Serie A side to sign an exclusive partnership agreement with Konami back in 2020, which led to the side being called Piemonte Calcio on both FIFA 20 and FIFA 21, featuring a generic kit, badge and more.
AS Roma were the next Italian side to switch licensing allegiances and were renamed Roma FC in FIFA 21, again with a generic kit and badge.
In EA Sports’ next FIFA title, likely to be named FIFA 21, five Serie A sides will have generic club names, generic kits, generic badges and more, these are Atalanta, Juventus (Piemonte Calcio), Napoli, Lazio, AS Roma (Roma FC).
On signing the agreement with Atalanta, Naoki Morita, President at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. said: As we prepare to unveil the future of the eFootball PES series, I am delighted to announce this exclusive partnership with Atalanta B.C., a truly formidable club with an exciting future at the highest levels of European football.
“Working side by side with our Partner Clubs is an important element of our strategy to deliver industry-leading video games to football fans all over the world.
We are extremely delighted to announce the partnership with KONAMI, said Luca Percassi, Atalanta B.C. CEO.
KONAMI is an international brand that needs no introduction. It represents another important moment of growth for Atalanta.
FIFA 21 is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with FIFA 21 next-gen also available now on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Players who have purchased one of the new next-generation consoles including the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and who have already previously purchased FIFA 21 on their older consoles, can now upgrade to FIFA 21 next-gen for free through Dual Entitlement.
Players can also carry over their progress and content in Ultimate Team and Volta Football in FIFA 21.