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PES 2021 loses the rights to two big football teams

Konami has confirmed that the eFootball PES series no longer holds the official rights to two Italian football teams.



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Konami has confirmed that the eFootball PES series no longer holds the official rights to two famous Italian football teams.

The Japanese publisher has issued two – rather curt – statements related to Italian Serie A teams AC Milan and Inter Milan, saying:

“Thank you for playing eFootball PES 2020 and your continued support. Our licensing contract with AC Milan/Inter Milan will not be renewed. The representation of the Club will not be affected in eFootball PES 2020.”


The statement confirms that both clubs will remain in the franchise’s most recent entry, eFootball PES 2020. Footballers used in the game’s myClub mode are also unaffected rights loss.

The news comes following a string of high-profile licence acquisitions by the series. In recent year, popular teams including Arsenal, Bayern Munich, and Juventus have all inked partnerships with Konami.

The series also acquired the eFootball prefix in an attempt to align it with the growing eSports scene. We still call it PES, though. My gran still calls it PES. My gran’s dog still calls it PES.

The official announcement of eFootball PES 2021, including its release date and official team lineup, is expected within the next month.

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