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KONAMI acquires EURO 2016 video game licence

Konami Digital Entertainment, the publisher of Pro Evolution Soccer, has acquired the official UEFA EURO 2016 video game licence, showcasing the tournament in France.

KONAMI has acquired the UEFA EURO 2016 video game licence
KONAMI has acquired the UEFA EURO 2016 video game licence ©Getty Images

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has acquired the official UEFA EURO 2016 video game licence.

The agreement extends the close relationship between KONAMI and UEFA, with the Pro Evolution Soccer publisher already boasting exclusive use of its UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions.

UEFA EURO 2016 in France will see, for the first time, 24 teams gather for the initial group matches before progressing to the knockout rounds. The EURO finals field has risen as the profile of the championship has grown since the inaugural 1958–60 competition. Indeed it has increased from four to eight teams, then 16 and now 24, meaning almost half of UEFA's 54 member associations will contest the European crown in 2016.

Host nation France and 23 sides from all over Europe will compete for the famed Henri Delaunay Cup, with the opening game to be played on 10 June at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, and the final taking place at the same venue exactly one month later on 10 July. Altogether, 51 matches will be held, spotlighting Europe's greatest football talent.

KONAMI will work closely with UEFA to reproduce UEFA EURO 2016's on-field excellence with the skill, control and authenticity that the PES series is famed for.

Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director at UEFA Events SA, said: "We are very happy to expand our successful collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. to our national team competitions. KONAMI is a great licensing partner and has provided top-quality video games for our club competitions for many years. We look forward to this newest extension of the PES series, created specifically for UEFA EURO 2016, further engaging with football fans around Europe and the world."

Erik Bladinieres, European brand director of football for Konami Digital Entertainment B.V., said: "We are extremely proud to be working with UEFA around EURO 2016. The PES series is famed for showing football at its very best and is created by a team that truly loves and understands it. We are committed to representing UEFA EURO 2016 in a way that truly reflects the status of this epic tournament. UEFA EURO 2016 is a stunning gathering of European talent and we are committed to producing the definitive representation of top-level football."                                

For more information about KONAMI and its products, please visit www.konami-europe.com.