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Monaco sign FIFA 17 player and adhere to PSG into eSports market place

Monaco have announced their initial foray into eSports by signing competitive FIFA player Nathan 'Sneaky' Nayagom.

The French principality club adhere to hot around the heels of Ligue 1 rivals Paris Saint-Germain, who launched their own eSports team final week with two highly-rated FIFA gamers and an ex-League of Legends player.But when PSG intend to create a group to compete in games beyond football, Monaco's signing is really a partnership with current organisation Epsilon eSports.

"We are delighted to seal this partnership with Epsilon eSports," Monaco's director of communications, Bruno Skropeta, said in the club's announcement. "[It] will permit us to position ourselves as a key player in this sector in France and Europe.

"This opportunity will allow us to offer our fans a new encounter. eSport is often a extremely young, fast-growing market and this launch certainly represents a significant milestone inside the club's digital technique."

Along with Sneaky wearing their kit, Monaco claim the partnership "includes plans for sharing content material on social networks" to enhance each other's exposure.

Epsilon had teased the collaboration with "a Champions League club" on Sunday as well as a press release on Wednesday explained that their shared "history of success" created them "perfect" partners."We are excited relating to the opportunity we have to perform with AS Monaco, a stand out performer within the sports field," Epsilon's CEO, Greg Champagne, said.

"We are also proud that this historical club might be represented for the upcoming season on FIFA 17 by an Epsilon eSports ambassador within the person of Nathan "Sneaky" Nayagom."We are seeking forward to working with this new partner to achieve terrific issues."Monaco will be hoping to tap in to the eSports fanbase - estimated to be more than 250 million - by dipping their toes into the globe of competitive gaming.The club, at present second in Ligue 1 after ten games, intends to "host quite a few FIFA tournaments this season" at their ground, Stade Louis II.Beyond France, the likes of Manchester City, West Ham, Fenerbahce, Schalke, Bayern Munich and Genuine Madrid are amongst the clubs who're expanding beyond football into the eSports market place.Earlier this month FIFA president Gianni Infantino announced the organisation would start treating EA Sports' FIFA games the identical way it treats actual football, obtaining noticed the "exploding" eSport market's" money-making possible.