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Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann launches new esports team

Barcelona player Antoine Griezmann has announced he’s delving into esports with new team Grizi Esport, who are recruiting players across Fortnite, CS:GO and more.

Announced on 20 January, footballer Antoine Griezmann released a trailer for the esports team alongside his brother Theo, who will act as head manager.  

While this marks Antoine’s first move into esports, his brother recently competed at a Rainbow Six Siege LAN event at Colmar Esport Show.  

The new team, who have since launched an official Twitter account, are currently recruiting players across a variety of titles – including Fortnite, League Of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, CS:GO and unsurprisingly, FIFA.

In recent years, many pro footballers have been investing in esports. The first Premier League footballer was Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs who established esports organisation NoFuchsGiven.  

Arsenal player Mesut Ozil also launched an esports team back in 2018 titled M10 eSports – who have teams across Fortnite and FIFA. 

It’s another step towards blurring the line between traditional sports and competitive gaming, with esports organisations like Excel now housed in London’s Twickenham stadium.  

If you want to check out more from competitive FIFA, the ePremier League club playoffs start in February 2020 with the finals taking place on 27 March. 

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