Goal launches esports show and teams up with City Football Group for the first series

Global football website, Goal has launched a new eSports series, ‘Goal Vs’, as it looks to increase its esports output in 2018. ‘Goal Vs’, sees Goal’s own professional FIFA player, Graham “GrayzaGoal” McIntyre, compete against other esports pros in a series of friendly matches which will be published across Goal’s extensive social media accounts and website.

The first four episodes feature McIntyre competing against players from Manchester City FC, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC. The series will launch on May 24th, with McIntyre facing Christopher “NYC_Chris” Holly in the first episode.

Paul Rayment, marketing manager for Goal said: “FIFA plays an integral part in how Goal’s fans enjoy football, for many, they spend more time playing the game than watching football on TV. As we’ve seen the popularity of FIFA as an eSport rise, we’ve been looking for a way to introduce it to our audience and we see “Goal Vs” as the perfect way to do so.

“City Football Group’s esports players are some of the best in the world and working with them on the first four episodes makes perfect sense, aligning with Goal’s strategy to focus on the biggest teams, players and competitions in the world.”

As well as providing competition for Goal, City Football Group’s clubs will also share the series across their own social media accounts.

Providing commentary for ‘Goal Vs’ are Richard Buckley and Brandon Smith. The pair are well respected within the FIFA community, providing expert analysis for the highest profile global FIFA competitions.

‘Goal Vs’ isn’t the first time Goal has broadcast competitive FIFA. The Perform Group owned football destination was a broadcast partner of both the Sportego eLeague and eChamps 2018 FIFA tournaments.

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