Soccer Esports in Europe: Brands, Partnerships, and Business Opportunities in Professional Football

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The commercial playing field of association football (soccer) has radically changed due to the professionalization of soccer simulation games into soccer esports. This new phenomenon is woven into the international soccer culture as global communities arise in the interconnection of professional soccer clubs, esports players, and fans. Global brands explore the opportunities to engage with these communities through partnerships. This chapter examined soccer esports cases in European soccer to (1) clarify the rise of soccer esports based on four stages of globalization (digital, social, geographical, and commercial), (2) categorize the brands involved in this complex ecosystem, and (3) identify business opportunities in brand strategies, attractiveness of the game, and sponsorship partnerships to improve the value co-creation processes for the soccer industry. This current state and future pathways support decision-makers in the sports industry and serves as a reorienting perspective for scholars to bridge the gap between business practice and academic inquiry in research and education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Pathways and Opportunities Into the Business of Esports
EditorsSharon Andrews, Caroline M. Crawford
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781799873020
ISBN (Print)9781799873006, 1799873005, 9781799873013
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2021


  • esports
  • value co-creation
  • football
  • soccer esports
  • soccer
  • sponsorship
  • brands
  • community
  • globalization
  • FIFA
  • sport
  • business
  • partnerships


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