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Melbourne City FC sign A-League’s first FIFA eSports player

Melbourne City FC sign A-League’s first FIFA eSports player
August 15, 2017

Melbourne City FC has become the first A-League club to sign an official FIFA eSports player, Melbourne-based Marcus Gomes.

A 20-year-old FIFA console game fanatic, enthusiastic local footballer and regular eSports competitor, Gomes is the third FIFA player to sign with a City Football Group owned team, alongside New York City FC’s Christopher Holly and Manchester City’s Kieran Brown.

Melbourne-based Marcus travels to London this week to represent Melbourne City at the FIFA Interactive World Cup Grand Final (16th to 18th August), as the only Australian player in the 32 finalists from around the world.

His FIFA 17 form puts him in the top 32 FIFA players in the world, after he had more FIFA 17 FUT Champions Weekend League wins this year than any other PlayStation 4 player in the Rest of World region.

Welcoming his signing, Gomes stated “I started playing FIFA 2006 when I was nine, and I never could have imagined that the game would be where it is today, or that I would be signing a professional eSports contract with a club like Melbourne City.

“I have followed City for the last few years and I am really looking forward to wearing the City blue shirt at this year’s tournaments.”

Melbourne City Chief Executive Scott Munn added “we know that many of our younger fans are playing eSports regularly, and interest in the industry is growing in Australia and globally. With 16 million people playing FIFA worldwide, and the competitive FIFA scene taking shape, it is the right time for Melbourne City to move in to eSports.

“We see a huge amount of potential and ambition in Marcus. He is a huge football fan, has proven success as a player, and is passionate about representing Melbourne City and engaging with our fans.”

Article amended 19th August 2018 to reflect that South Melbourne FC signed FIFA player Peter Saisanas in 2015, and this year he respresented the club in World Cup play-offs in Dubai.

Images: 20-year-old Marcus Gomes signing as an eSports player for Melbourne City FC is welcomed by Tim Cahill and Daniel Arzani (top), Marcus [left] plays FIFA 17 against City player Ramy Najjarine as other players watch on (middle) and Marcus shakes hands with Melbourne City FC Chief Executive Scott Munn after signing his contract with the Club (below).

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