PES rebrands to eFootball, teases esports tournaments

Game developer Konami has rebranded its football simulation title PES to eFootball.

Alongside the rebranding, Konami also announced that the game will shift away from yearly releases to a regularly updated title that is free to play on all platforms.

Image credit: Konami

RELATED: SS Lazio become latest addition to PES via Konami partnership

The game, which was first released in 1995, will launch with limited features in early autumn. According to Konami’s eFootball roadmap, the title’s early autumn features will include local and cross-console generation matches.

One of these details that were highlighted on the road map was the kick-off of its esports tournaments, which are scheduled for winter 2021. As of this writing, there is currently no additional details provided regarding the upcoming events.

Despite being on a smaller scale, PES has had an esports scene since 2003. The eFootball.Open, previously known as the PES League, is an annual esports competition that has occurred every season. Last year, the eFootball.Open crowned three winners, each of which competing on a different platform – PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. 

Alongside its annual event, eFootball also cooperates with the likes of Bayern Munchen, AS Roma, Arsenal, Juventus and other professional clubs to compete in the title’s official eFootball leagues.

RELATED: Arsenal partners with EGL to manage PES esports team for second year

Konami’s road map also announced that online leagues and a team-building mode will be added in autumn, as well as a match pass system. The game will also support cross-platform and cross-generation matches. Controllers for the mobile version will be supported by the end of this year.

Esports Insider says: One of the biggest rivalries in gaming, PES versus FIFA, is no more. Now that PES has shifted dramatically we can’t really tell how will the sports simulation landscape look like in the future. One thing we can look forward to is seeing how Konami’s esports plans are rolled out, especially since the title’s new game structure is utilised by a lot of esports titles. 

ESI Podcasts | Digest, Focus, Insight


About  A leading news channel for all things eSports and gaming. Publishing the most relevant breaking news for esports and gaming including coverage of industry trends and guides on the business of eSports and gaming for investors and aspiring eSports and gaming professionals. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Appsoft Technologies, Inc. (OTC:ASFT) a publicly traded development stage company aspiring to be a leading contender in the esports, gaming and mobile apps industry.

Appsoft Technologies, Inc.

Safe Harbor Statement

This communication may include certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts but are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements may include the description of our plans and objectives for future operations, assumptions underlying such plans and objectives, and other forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “projects,” or similar terms, variations of such terms or the negative of such terms. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein. Such information is based upon various assumptions made by, and expectations of, our management that were reasonable when made but may prove to be incorrect. All of such  assumptions are inherently subject to significant economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies beyond our control and upon assumptions with respect to the future business decisions which are subject to change. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that actual results will meet expectation and actual results may vary (perhaps materially) from certain of the results anticipated herein.

Other Articles

Leave a Reply