A-League Clubs Partner With Epic Games to Bring Football to Fortnite
Fortnite Players Will be Able to Show Their Team Pride with New Emotes, Outfits, and Tournaments
January 20, 2021, 10:00 AM AEDT, Sydney, Australia: Three A-League clubs and Epic Games (“Epic”) are celebrating global football in Fortnite, alongside more than 20 other top clubs around the world.
Starting January 24, players can choose from 10 different variants of new “Kickoff Set” Outfits to represent their favorite club in-game. Each Outfit can be swapped to any of the 23 football clubs participating, including Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers. Additionally, players will be able to earn or purchase two new emotes, including a “Fancy Footwork” dribbling emote and the iconic “Pelé’s Air Punch” celebration thanks to Epic’s partnership with the legendary Brazilian footballer.
Fortnite players and footballers around the world can jump into the game on January 20 for the opportunity to earn rewards even earlier by participating in the Pelé Cup. Anyone playing the game can also visit the Creative Hub for an immersive football experience throughout the week, and join select clubs around the world in hosted Fortnite tournaments.
In a first for any Australian sport, each of the three participating A-League clubs will have their own personalised jerseys in-game. The clubs will also host their own dedicated Fortnite show match on January 27 at 17.30 PM AEDT with a mix of A-League players, fans and Fortnite creators competing for exclusive Fortnite and A-League prize packs. The three A-League clubs will be sharing details on their social media channels this week on how fans can participate. Nicolai Muller from Western Sydney Wanderers, Nathaniel Atkinson from Melbourne City, and Trent Buhagiar from Sydney FC will be headlining the event for their clubs on January 27.
“Football is consistently one of the top sports that our players tell us they want to see and experience in Fortnite. We’re excited to partner with Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers to bring ‘the beautiful game’ to Fortnite fans around the world as they face off in competitive tournaments, experience new creative modes of gameplay, and celebrate global football,” saidNate Nanzer, Head of Global Partnerships at Epic Games.
“This partnership is an awesome opportunity to showcase our Clubs and Leagues to Fortnite’s player base in Australia and millions more around the world,” said Danny Townsend, Commercial Lead for the Australian Professional Leagues and CEO of Sydney FC.
“We know where our audiences are, and there is a big overlap between people who love football and people who play Fortnite.
“Our Clubs are taking part alongside more than 20 teams from around the world, from Man City in the English Premier League to Santos in the Brasileirão to MLS’ Seattle Sounders.”
About Epic Games
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is an American company founded by CEO Tim Sweeney. The company is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina and has more than 50 offices worldwide. Today Epic is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content.