Swiss esports organisation Team BDS has renewed its partnership with French football club Olympique de Marseille (OM) for the upcoming eLigue 1 Uber Eats campaign in 2024.
This will be the third season in which OM and Team BDS have joined forces for the competition, which will take place in EA SPORTS FC for the first time following its split from governing body FIFA.
eLigue 1 is a part of the game’s revamped ‘FC Pro League’ ecosystem which was introduced earlier this year. Other notable leagues in this ecosystem include ePremier League, eSerie A and eBundesliga. Teams across the FC Pro Leagues will be competing to take part in the FC Pro World Championship.
Whilst it has been announced that FC Pro Leagues will have 28 slots to compete for, the amount of slots each specific league will garner has not been revealed.
In the previous eLigue season, which was still operated under FIFA, OM placed second, losing out to FC Lorient. Alongside eLigue 1, the partnership also extends to include European competitions on ES Sports FC 24.
For the upcoming FC Pro campaign, Team BDS and OM will once again be represented by brothers Diogo and Léandro Peixoto.
It is not uncommon for football clubs to team up with established esports organisations to help run their esports divisions, particularly within EAFC/FIFA. Earlier this year Team Vitality renewed its partnership with fellow French club Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC) for the upcoming season.
The next major event in EAFC’s calendar is already underway with the FC Pro Open 24 offline event in London. The series, which concludes in February 2024, sees 20 players compete for four available slots at the FC Pro World Championships.