Costa Rican football team Club Sport Herediano forms esports division

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Costa Rican football team Club Sport Herediano has officially launched an esports division.

The new team, dubbed Herediano eSports, looks to enlist players in Rocket League, FIFA, League of Legends and, strangely enough, Football Manager.

Club Sport Herediano is one of the most successful football clubs in Costa Rica. The team is currently third in the number of Costa Rica Primera titles, the country’s top flight league. The club was acquired in 2012 by American businessman David J. Patey and his brothers.

The new venture into esports is a part of a digital strategy by the club, Herediano shared in a release. According to the club, the end goal is to become one of the ‘national and international benchmarks’ in esports.

Luis Padilla Zumbado, Team Manager for Herediano eSports, also told Esports Insider that the organisation will initially compete in the Liga Tica de Leyendas and the Circuito Nacional Centroamérica y el Caribe, two regional League of Legends competions.

Commenting on the launch of its esports division, Zumbado ststed: “We want to be pioneers in creating attractive content for our young and experienced fans across the country, this is such a passionate and exciting industry that is growing rapidly in Latin America and we want to be part of its history books.

“Also to be able to give a platform for many talented players that need this type of exposure, reaching an already stablished audience and to be able to achieve great things due to Herediano.”

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Currently, the club does not have any players on its rosters. As such, Herediano eSports has decided to allow interested players to apply for its roster. Players are wanted for all titles that the club wants to participate (FIFA, Rocket League, League of Legends and Football Manager).

Football Manager does seem like the odd one out on this list, however, the title has managed to achieve success with its multiplayer mode in the past. Although not a ‘real’ esport, the game provides opportunities for content creation, if done right.

Herediano joins the ever-growing number of sports clubs that entered esports, such as Manchester City, PSG and most recently Brazilian club SC Internacional.

Ivan Šimić
Ivan comes from Croatia, loves weird simulator games, and is terrible at playing anything else. Spent 5 years writing about tech and esports in Croatia, and is now doing it here.