International football news website Goal.com has signed a former Hibernian FC FIFA player.
Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre is the first esports player to be signed by the world’s biggest football website, and will represent it at global competitions on Xbox One.
The tournament kicked off in January and has a $10,000 prize pool and sees teams across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Northern Ireland go head-to-head, with the finals taking place in April.
It has previously featured players from football clubs like Ajax, Manchester City and West Ham, alongside other esports organizations like AS Roma Fanatic, Epsilon Esports and Stark eSports and is broadcast exclusively by Goal on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Twitch.
Paul Rayment, marketing manager for Goal, said:
“We recognise that for the modern fan FIFA plays an integral role in how they enjoy football, for some it’s their primary connection to the sport. On Goal, we’ve seen this evidenced in the numbers we see for our own live streams and traffic that comes to articles on the game.
“By welcoming Graham to the Goal roster we’re looking forward to adding an extra dimension to how we cover FIFA, working with him to advance his career and introduce Goal to an exciting and growing market.
“Graham’s talent was evident from his performances at the early Gfinity tournaments a few years ago. More recently, his top 100 finishes in the FIFA 18 Weekend League and ending the Celtic eSport League unbeaten shows he has both skill and promise and we’re aiming for him to represent Goal at major tournaments in 2018.”
After GrayzaGoal’s signing, it looks like Goal will be sharing more FIFA 18 content across their social media channels and website.
Now one news outlet has signed a professional player, could we see more consider the move in future?