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Spanish Football Organisation Could Create eSports League

Spanish Football Organisation Could Create eSports League

In yet another step towards mainstream integration, Spanish football association LFP (Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional) might well be looking to create and run its own eSports league, too. In a report by Spanish eSports website Vandal Sports, the LFP is looking into creating a Spanish eSports League. The LFP is responsible for running Spain's LaLiga football competition. As far as Europe goes, Spain has one of the biggest eSports fanbases - Sony, for example, exclusively launched its own eSports league in Spain first to test the waters - so it makes sense that the LFP will be considering such a league. The report comes via sources close to Vandal Sports, who claims that it was the increasing number of football clubs forming eSports teams and the huge value of the industry that has spurned LFP's interest in forming an eSports league. The sources did not confirm which games would be a focus for this eSports league, but a handful of safe bets would be League Of Legends, FIFA, Dota 2 and perhaps Overwatch. Apparently there is to be a huge investment from LFP into this league, with the VS sources claiming that the organisation wants to compete with the likes of DreamHack and ESL - a tough challenge for any brand new eSports league. This is just one more example of how traditional sports organisations are getting involved with eSports, and will only help to further legitimise competitive gaming in the eyes of a judgemental mainstream media. How it will work we don't yet know, but if LFP's tournament is restricted only to Spanish eSports teams then we could see a larger number of clubs beyond just Valencia getting involved in the world of pro gaming. Of course this is all rumour for now since it is not an official announcement, but it's certainly a plausible - and exciting - concept.