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Konami Acquires Euro 2016 License

By John Burns, Associate Editor
August 6, 2015

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Konami Digital Entertainment, Tokyo, has secured the official UEFA Euro 2016 license to incorporate the international soccer tournament into its Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) video game franchise.

The tournament, which is held every four years, will be hosted by France and will see 24 European teams gather to compete for the Henry Delauney Cup. The first game in 2016 will be played June 10, while the final will take July 10.

“The ‘PES’ series is famed for showing football at its very best and is created by a team that truly loves and understands it,” says Erik Bladinieres, European brand director, football, Konami Digital Entertainment. “We are committed to representing Euro 2016 moving forward in a way that truly reflects the status of this epic tournament.”

The UEFA Euro 2016 license will not be featured in the 2016 version of PES, which will be released Sept. 15, but details of how the license will be activated will be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit konami.com. — J.B.