Konami and UEFA Announce Three-Year Champions League License Renewal

Konami today announced that it had reached an agreement with UEFA about a renewal of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup licenses in Pro Evolution Soccer. The new Konami UEFA license runs for an additional three years until 2019, as the previous agreement was due to be valid for another year.

As with the previous Konami Champions League license, the agreement only includes competition logos and names, with individual team licenses having to be signed additionally for teams to appear in the game.

Champions League and Europe League To Remain in PES Until 2019

UEFA's most prestigious competitions will remain in Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer games until at least 2019.

“The UEFA Champions League is the biggest prize in club football and we are delighted to have extended our exclusive agreement with UEFA to feature it in the PES series. In the past six years we have worked closely with UEFA creating the PES Virtual UEFA Champions League as a global online version of the real thing, and this year’s UEFA Champions League final in Berlin played host to the climax of the 2015 PES season as the 25 best players from all over the globe gathered to determine the winner. The grand finals were held within the dedicated PlayStation site in the UEFA Champions Festival event taking place at the legendary Brandenburg Gate, with the two finalist also taking part in an exclusive special exhibition match which was played pitch side in the lead up to the final itself in the iconic Olympiastadion. These are exciting times for the PES series,” commented Sean Ratcliffe, European Brand Director at Konami.

The Champions League license first appeared in Pro Evolution Soccer 2009, released in fall 2008, while Konami later added the licenses for the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup to its Pro Evolution Soccer series.

Lately, speculation arose about a possible interest in the UEFA licenses from Pro Evolution Soccer's main competitor FIFA, but today's announcement has confirmed that the license is set to remain with PES until at least 2019.

Guy Laurent-Epstein, Marketing Director at UEFA said: “We are very pleased to continue and extend our working partnership with KONAMI. This new cycle provides an opportunity to build an even closer working relationship, allowing us to activate in new and exciting ways over the next 3 years. We are delighted that future iterations of the series will continue to feature the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League as we also look forward to extending other areas of co-operation.”

Today's news marks the first PES 2016 license information, but expect more to follow shortly! Tomorrow will see the Full Reveal of Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, so stay tuned for more news to follow soon.