The eSports movement has experienced strong growth in recent years, with the sector becoming increasingly professional as a result. There are 5.9 million gamers who play every day in Italy, with a potential pool of 14.3 million users in total, while 2.2 million users say their preferred games are sport-related – an impressive number, when you consider that 32% of football fans own a console.
The Dacia Arena plays a key role in the Udinese eSports project, with the stadium set to host live eSports events which will attract gamers from Italy and other countries, given Udine’s strategic location between Italy, Austria and Slovenia. The ultimate objective of the project is to create a large community of eGamers around our new UDY brand, which we hope will bring together a young and diverse network of gamers, united by their passion for videogames, not just football. The live events at the Dacia Arena will feature all the biggest games, including FIFA, PES, Formula 1, MotoGP, NBA, League of Legends, Fortnite and many more.
Through its activity in the world of eSports, Udinese intends to stay true to the values that have always been at the heart of the club, such as professionalism, passion and the pursuit of new talent, with a focus on developing both the person and the player. The Udinese eSports team was launched in February 2020, followed soon afterwards by the Udinese eSports eAcademy, which will form part of a comprehensive talent scouting and development programme. The results achieved by some eAcademy players have already shown the value of such efforts – seven of them were selected to take part in the first ever eSerieA Draft, while one was picked to participate in the eNational Team qualifiers.
Udinese eSports will compete in the first edition of eSerie A TIM 2020/21 with five official Udinese gamers – three for PES and two for FIFA. One of them won the Dacia Arena tournament in February 2020 (video), while the rest were selected from the Udinese eSports Academy.
Over the new two years, a Gaming House will be created at the Dacia Area where gamers can get together, compete on a range of games and consoles and use some of the best products on the market.
The Udinese eSports team is currently made up of the following pro gamers:
Edoardo Sbroggiò (imbaedo1)
Yuri Bacoli (YuriFutsal10)
Loris Gambaretto (Lorisgambare77o)
Riccardo Nordio (Dastardly_27)
Renato Crisciuolo (Renitubers)
Fans can watch all Udinese eSports friendly matches and competitive tournaments on the team’s official Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/udineseesports