Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced that the best PES 2015 players from around the globe will gather at the UEFA Champions Festival, in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate, as the grand final of the PES World Finals is held mere hours before the UEFA Champions League Final on 6 June.
The Berlin venue marks the perfect location for the culmination of the PES 2015 season. Konami enjoys a strong relationship with UEFA, via its exclusive use of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions within the series. The city’s Olympiastadion will then play host to the actual UEFA Champions League Final, as club football’s most illustrious competition reaches its climax.
Konami has secured a special area within the PlayStation event space at the UEFA Champions Festival where the top players from around the world, including competitors from Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Spain, LATAM and Asia will convene to take part in initial group stages and then knock-out rounds using the PlayStation 4 version of the game. Each entrant has won their local official PES league and will head to Berlin with an eye on emerging victorious in what is certain to be a hard-fought competition. A constant stream of results will be reported live via the Official PES League Twitter account (@PESLeagueUK) and official PES Twitter account (@officialpes) while certain matches, including the Grand Final, will be streamed live via the PES League Twitch Channel (www.twitch.tv/pesleague).
The tournament will begin at 9am CEST (8am BST), with the final set to take place at approximately 3pm CEST (2pm BST). The winner will be crowned 2015 PES World Finals Champion, and will receive a stunning prize package that includes tickets to that evening’s match and a share of over €20,000 worth of cash prizes. Moreover, the event will see the winners battling it out in a match taking place on the edge of the pitch that will play host to the actual UEFA Champions League Final that night, an absolute first for the PES World Finals and its entrants.
The tournament is an integral part of the annual UEFA Champions Festival, a four-day event that celebrates all that is great about football. The Festival runs over the weekend of the UEFA Champions League Final and gives the public a wide range of free activities and exhibitions, alongside interactive sponsor activations. PES 2015 will be heavily featured within the PlayStation area, with pods allowing visitors to experience the dedicated UEFA Champions League mode the game offers.
“This is it: the big one. The culmination of a full year of over 13 million online and offline matches as the world’s greatest PES 2015 players gather to find the absolute champion,” said Erik Bladinieres, European Brand Director of Football. “And what better venue to host such a special event than Olympiastadion Berlin – ahead of the actual UEFA Champions League Final! This perfectly illustrates our close ties with football’s greatest club competition and we look forward to a hard-fought and exciting tournament – with the winner then heading to watch the actual Final as part of their prize.”
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