Manchester City and Juventus feature in Fortnite’s soccer event

January 21, 2021 | By : Rashi Bhattacharyya
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Fortnite’s publisher Epic Games and the IMG agency are partnering to bring around 23 prominent global soccer teams in the video game. From January 23, Fortnite players can choose from ten different variants of new ‘Kickoff Set’ outfits of clubs from A-League, Bundesliga, Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, J1 League, La Liga, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Premier League, Primeira Liga, Scottish Premiership, and Serie A.

The 23 participating clubs are:

  • Juventus
  • Inter Milan
  • AC Milan
  • Manchester City
  • West Ham United
  • Celtic
  • Rangers
  • Schalke 04
  • Sevilla
  • Sporting CP
  • LAFC
  • AS Roma
  • Atlanta United
  • Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Cerezo Osaka
  • Esporte Clube Bahia
  • Melbourne FC
  • Santos
  • Seattle Sounders
  • Sydney FC
  • VfL Wolfsburg
  • Western Sydney Wanderers
  • Wolverhampton Rovers
 

Additionally, users can join select clubs in hosted Fortnite tournaments and will have the opportunity to earn or purchase two new soccer-themed emotes, which are victory dances used during gameplay. Before the start of this event, there is a special limited-time event called the Pelé Cup on January 20. In this event, players will have the chance to win the Kickoff Set for free before it is even live in the store. The top scorers of this event may also end up winning a customized signed shirt.

Epic Games is also introducing a new soccer-themed game in Fortnite’s creative mode. In this game, players will use their bodies, pickaxes, power-ups, speed boosts, and more to play and outscore their opponents in this 4v4 bracket-style game mode. Each game will feature two rounds, with the winners advancing to face off against each other and losing teams will battle it out for 3rd and 4th position.

Commenting on the new collaboration, Nate Nanzer, the head of global partnerships at Epic Games, said that soccer is consistently one of the top sports Fortnite players want to see and experience in the game. Senior vice president of licensing at IMG Matthew Primack said, “This is a truly international collaboration, tapping into clubs from almost every continent and offering fans the opportunity to express their passion for the beautiful game and their favourite team through the trailblazing world of Fortnite.”



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