Pro Evolution Soccer Loses Champions League License as Konami Ends UEFA Partnership

Konami ends partnership with EUFA as Pro Evolution Soccer's future becomes unclear

Konami ends partnership with EUFA as Pro Evolution Soccer's future becomes unclear

The Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) series, which has always been the only football game where a digital recreation of the Champions League could be made, will no longer have the privilege. The partnership will officially expire on May 26, 2018, after the Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine.

Konami publishes the yearly Pro Evolution Soccer franchise.

UEFA is the governing body of European football, representing 55 national associations across the continent According to its website, some of its objectives include promoting and protecting ethical standards, maintaining relations with all stakeholders, and promotion of the sport without discrimination of politics, race, religion, or gender. However, PES has never really threatened FIFA's stronghold on that market, so it's unlikely that this recent announcement will have a significant impact on the price of the game.

The UEFA Champions League has been a major selling point of Konami's multi-million selling Pro Evolution Soccer franchise, which regularly goes head-to-head with Electronic Arts' FIFA series as the nation's footie favourite.

More specifically, the deal will end after the 2018 Champions League Championship concludes in May, which means PES 2019 - which has yet to be announced - will not feature the mode.

Konami is expected to release a new Pro Evolution Soccer game later this year, although details on the title have yet to be confirmed.

'It has been a very cooperative and mutually beneficial partnership.

"We will continue to explore alternative ways UEFA and Konami can continue to work together, as our relationship remains strong", Lygaard said.