Konami and UEFA end official PES partnership after ten long years

Konami has announced the end of its Pro Evolution Soccer partnership with the UEFA after ten years of working together.

The announcement was made in a recent press release by the company which confirms the partnership came to an end after a mutual understanding.

Both companies have said they are happy to work with each other in the future if the opportunity arises.

“Konami has been a strong licensing partner for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, with our competition brand being heavily featured within the video game and as part of the popular Konami-organised UEFA Champions League e-sports tournaments’,” said Marketing director of UEFA events Guy-Laurent Epstein.

“It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership. UEFA would like to thank Konami for its tremendous commitment and support to UEFA club competitions for the last decade and we look forward to continuing to work with Konami in the sphere of UEFA national team football.”

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What this announcement means for the inclusion of Champions League and Europa League in future PES entries remains unclear, as we’ve yet to see anything from the 2019 installment. 

This also provides Electronic Arts a great opportunity for FIFA 19, especially if it snaps up the UEFA partnership Konami now no longer has access to.

PES 2018 is an incredibly solid football sim which earned 8/10 in our review. Brett Phipps praised the significant overhaul of its gameplay formula and lush visuals:

“PES is a brilliant football game, perhaps the best game of football on the market, but its modes need a far more significant overhaul in order to let the work on the pitch truly shine.”

Knowing the end of Konami’s UEFA partnership, will you go for PES or FIFA this year? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews.