European soccer teams are known to have their own eSports players, but what about American soccer clubs? New York City FC has signed Major League Sports’ first eSports player, Christopher Holly, to represent the outfit in FIFA tournaments. Christopher Holly’s definitely not a newcomer to the game – Holly has been playing some form of FIFA on PlayStation systems for the past 12 years, and plays well enough that he was the top-rated FIFA Ultimate Team player on the planet in December.
The New York City FC signing isn’t coming out of the blue. The same group that owns NYC FC also owns Manchester City, which recruited its first eSports player last year. And the reasons are almost certainly the same: eSports serves as both a promo tool and, in the long run, a source of revenue. For Major League Soccer, it’s more important than usual. Soccer doesn’t get nearly the same attention in the US as it does elsewhere in the world, after all. An eSports player potentially draws gamers to the league and raises awareness of the sport as a whole.
About New York City FC
New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer club based in New York City that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). NYCFC began play in 2015, as an expansion team of the league. The club is the first MLS franchise based in the city, and the second franchise in the New York metropolitan area after the New York Red Bulls, based in Harrison, New Jersey.
Manchester City FC (UK) and the New York Yankees baseball team paid a $100 million expansion fee to join the soccer league.
New York City Football Club, LLC was registered with the New York State Department on May 7, 2013, and on May 21 the team was officially announced as the 20th Major League Soccer franchise.
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