PES League & the Road To Cardiff is underway!

By Jearoon Posted on in PES2017

PES League has now launched, bringing new opportunities for competitive PES 2017 players to prove their skills against others worldwide. The Road to Cardiff has begun!

For the very first time, courtesy of the recent Data Pack 2 Update, an official PES League mode is included in PES 2017. Players can now use this mode to compete in the official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament, with the aim of racking up points and climbing their region’s rankings table! The UEFA Champions League eSports tournament ultimately paves a Road To Cardiff, the destination of this year’s World Finals.

In Cardiff, the very best players in the world will compete to be crowned PES 2017 Champion, where the winner will bag an incredible $200,000! Second and third place will also net $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. To get to the Word Final, however, users will firstly need to qualify in the top 16 of their national table, granting them an invite to compete in a National Finals tournament. The winner of this will, in turn, be invited to participate in a Regional Final. Whoever proves victorious in this will be awarded both $20,000 and a World Finals place in Cardiff!

As you can see, the prize money up for grabs has seriously racked up compared to previous years, making this official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament the most exciting PES competition to date! You can play PES League mode now both in the official game, and using the FREE PES 2017 Trial Edition. So get playing now, and sign up to PES League HERE so you can monitor your progress!

Official PES League Launch Trailer

You can also watch the brand new official Road To Cardiff video starring Mesut Özil!

For more details, have a read of the official Press Release below!

PES League Launch Press Release

2016/17 PES LEAGUE and the official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament now open via PES LEAGUE mode, as key qualifying dates and iconic venues confirmed.

Launched under the ROAD TO CARDIFF banner to reflect the 2016/17 competitions position as the official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament, the national qualifying stages take place in Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America, using online matches to determine the best qualifying 16.

Entry to the new PES LEAGUE season is free. “I saw for myself at gamescom last year just how high the level of skill is within the PES community,” stated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Borussia Dortmund striker and one of the official PES ambassadors. “While I consider myself good at the game, the guys who will vie for a place in Cardiff are at another level. The Official PES LEAGUE is the best way to prove just how good you are at PES 2017, and I look forward to seeing the world’s best players showing their skills.”

For Europe, the first season of the regional qualifiers will run until January 5th, 2017. The second season will be held between February 16th and March 16th, 2017. Similarly, two qualifying stages in the Americas will take place, with the first running between December 15th through until January 12th, 2017 and the second taking place between January 12th through until February 16th, 2017. Asia will have one qualifying stage that begins today and will finish on February 23rd, 2017.

“We have enjoyed many great nights of European football at the Camp Nou and now we welcome the cream of mainland Europe’s PES 2017 community,” said Manel Arroyo, FCB Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Our facilities will be a fitting venue to host such a meeting of PES talent and we anticipate a series of highly-charged matches full of flowing football and individual brilliance during this illustrious eSports event.”

With KONAMI establishing preferred partnership programmes with the world’s greatest football clubs, the first of the European qualifiers will be held at FC Barcelona in February 2017. The 16 competitors will gather in a special play area within the iconic ground, before entering a series of knock-out matches to decide the final four players to represent Europe at the PES LEAGUE World Final in Cardiff. April 2017 will then see the 16 best American players gather at a soon to be announced location for their regional final. Four places are on offer for those qualifying from the Americas, thus ensuring a high level of competition to make the cut.

The European regional qualifiers finals will take place in April 2017 at a stadium location, soon to be announced. The initial 16 players will be whittled down to just four via another knock-out competition. Thus, with Europe’s eight entrants determined, they will be joined by the four qualifiers from the Americas, two from Asia, and one representing the rest of world, as well as one challenger to be selected at a later stage.

As has become traditional and in line with PES 2017’s position as exclusive licensee of the UEFA competitions, the conclusion to the 2016/17 season will take place ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final in June 2017. The ultimate winner will be given the main prize. The finalists will also receive tickets to watch the UEFA Champions League Final match.

 “The Official PES LEAGUE continues to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted to announce that the Road to Cardiff tournament begins today and is officially recognised by UEFA as the official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament,” said Jonas Lygaard, Senior Director – Brand & Business Development for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. “We are also delighted that such key matches will take place in suitably auspicious venues, and thank our partners at FC Barcelona for providing such an iconic landscape for one of the official UEFA Champions League eSports tournament qualifier venues. There are more stadium announcements coming though so watch this space.”

Full details and schedules of KONAMI’s other exciting plans for PES LEAGUE tournament will be announced for wider players early next year.

To register for the 2016/17 PES LEAGUE, please visit: www.pesleague.com/