eSports and soccer: in Italy Serie B arrives too, from February, the 29th
Even Serie B has decided to take the field and invest in esports, officially announcing the first championship, as Serie A and Lega Pro previously did.
It will be called BeSports, it will be a competition dedicated to eFootball Pes2020 and will see the participation of all the 20 teams competing in the Serie B championship, from Benevento to Livorno. The organization and management of the project was entrusted to Acme and Mkers, leading companies in the organization of events and activities in the esports sector, respectively.
The tournament will be divided into four phases
1st phase – From February, the 24th to April, the 5th, anyone can enroll to the selections to be part of the 40 players (two per team) who will then be called to play the first official eSports championship of the Bkt Series.
2nd phase – Qualifications will take place through 9 tournaments (on February the 29th, on March, the 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22th and 28th) from which 36 winners will emerge. The other four will be chosen at Romics, an international festival on comics, animation, video games, cinema and entertainment organized in Rome, April 2 – 5, where B league will have its own space in which to organize tournaments. The drawing of the player-team match will also take place at Romics.
3rd phase – On April, the 9th, and until May, the 21st, the real championship will be played, with 19 home and away days, 13 of which are online and 6 live, with live events in the cities of the Bkt Series.
4th phase – The fourth and final phase, with the finals of the tournament: first and second classified and the two winners of the online playoffs will compete in the semifinals and final, to decide the winner of the first BeSports championship, the day before and in the same city of the playoff final of the 2019/20 Bkt Series.
“Needs change, tools are updated but the B is still in the side of its fans with the values of all time, those related to territoriality and young people – the president of B league, Mauro Balata, says – The video game is a phenomenon much followed by children and the organization of events related to eSports in our cities, before and after the championship games, can be an opportunity to fill even more the stadiums. In fact, they represent an important global movement, with millions of views and with a truly remarkable revenue and visibility potential for our championship and sponsors. A real revolution inspired by the ‘Thinking modern’ of the B League, which focuses on clubs, fans and the new generations”.
“A new asset is added to our path – the words of the CEO of the Mkers, Paolo Cisaria – After being able to manage the Romics’ Pala Games, we are facing another important challenge and the opportunity to consolidate the positioning achieved in the esports sector.”