KONAMI announces official partnership with FC Schalke 04
June 5th, 2018 – Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. is proud to announce a new partnership with FC Schalke 04 for PES 2019, the latest installment in the PES series which will launch on 30th August 2018.
Founded in 1904, Schalke 04 has been European Champions, seven times German Championship winners and five times German Cup winners. The club finished second in the German league this season and showcases KONAMI’s commitment to bringing the best of the best from the real-life game to PES fans.
Alexander Jobst, board member at FC Schalke 04 who oversaw the Konami partnership said, “We are very excited to be partnering with the world-renowned games producer Konami. The partnership means that Schalke’s position as pioneers in the field of eSports is not only recognized nationally but also internationally. Unlike others, Konami supports our transitioning of our main market football onto the virtual pitch. The partnership will also enable our fans and followers to play with the real team of FC Schalke 04 in the world-renowned game Pro Evolution Soccer.”
This partnership means PES 2019 will include Schalke’s official club uniform and the team’s home stadium ‘VELTINS-Arena’. It will also visualize Schalke’s famous charcoal grey tunnel from where the players emerge onto the pitch. The stadium has been fully 3D scanned and will give gamers the experience of a real match day atmosphere.
These new implementations will provide the best experience of FC Schalke 04, fully authenticating the club and its many well-known iconic trademarks and demonstrating KONAMI’s ongoing commitment to giving its fans the most realistic in-game experience.
“We are thrilled to welcome FC Schalke 04 to the KONAMI family,” said Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director for Brand and Business Development at Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “Schalke is an ambitious club both on and off the pitch, and it is the perfect club to add to our roster of partnerships. We’re delighted to partner with such fellow eSports aficionados and look forward to them competing in our eSports tournaments and working alongside us as we help expand the industry, taking football gaming to new fans.”
PES 2019 will be available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One™ and PC via Steam on August 28th in the Americas and August 30th globally. PES 2019 will be available in two physical editions, with new global ambassador Phillipe Coutinho on the front cover of the standard edition and David Beckham on a special edition which gives fans the opportunity to unlock myClub bonuses. There will also be a Legends edition which users can access digitally.
About Konami Group
Konami Group was founded in 1973, starting as an amusement machine manufacturer for arcades. Over the years, the company has grown to include different business units across various markets. Currently, KONAMI HOLDINGS CORPORATION includes the Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Gaming & Systems, and Health & Fitness Businesses. The company went public on the Osaka Securities Exchange in 1984, the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 1988, and the London Stock Exchange in 1999. For more information, visit: www.konami.com/en.
About Konami Digital Entertainment
Konami Digital Entertainment, which is the core company of Konami Group, develops entertaining content for mobile, console and card games. The company is known for global franchises such as Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear, Silent Hill, Castlevania, and Contra, as well as the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game series. www.konami.com/games/corporate/en/