The big international clubs have all had their own eSports teams for a number of years now, and in between times, some Swiss clubs have also developed eSports sections. This is a logical development based on the huge numbers of football fans who also play eSports. There has, however, been plenty of resistance from a lot of areas. Fans in Basle put up banners all around the city proclaiming, "Pull the plug on eSports", which they see as a sign of commercialisation.
At the same time, experts believe that the Swiss league is currently making it the clubs’ duty to have an eSports team. Many fear that the country will fall behind if not, and be excluded from these new markets. The clubs find themselves caught between resistance on the one hand and economic potential on the other.
Come and discuss the latest developments with our panel of experts and see whether there is indeed an answer to whether football needs e-Sports.
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