FC Barcelona Partners with Empire of Sports

Legendary football club, FC Barcelona, opens virtual club house in Empire of Sports

Tuesday 26th May/… Empire of Sports, the first massively connected multisport 3D game, is delighted to announce its partnership with one of the most legendary and prestigious football clubs in the world: FC Barcelona.

The partnership between Empire of Sports and FC Barcelona provides FC Barcelona with an opportunity to reach out to its supporters through the newly designed FC Barcelona virtual club house. Here, in-game fans and supporters of this world famous football club can freely meet online in a virtual 3D environment and chat about football, as well as find out more about the club and its players. The club house also hosts an in-game character who offers football missions which have been specially created to reflect the Barça’s very unique style of play.

In order to welcome fans of FC Barcelona to Empire of Sports, a special football contest has been specifically designed. Starting today, the “Barça Opening Contest” will be open to all players with a newly created avatar, and will run over the next three weeks until Saturday 13th, June 2009. Progress of all new avatars will be recorded each day and at the end of the three weeks, one date will be drawn at random. The player who achieved the highest number of football ranking points during this time will win a real life collector’s item: a Barça shirt signed by Lionel Messi!

The virtual Barça Club will soon provide Empire of Sports’ players with some exciting new opportunities: a big Barça competition will be organized for all in-game football teams to take part in, and an in-game annual membership will be available for subscription, which will not only grant avatars access to a virtual VIP suite, but will also offer them additional privileges. Full details of the VIP membership and the big Barça competition will be announced shortly.

Joan Laporta, President of FC Barcelona, said: “We are delighted to partner with Empire of Sports and work closely with our fans online. The idea of having a FC Barça virtual club house in an online world dedicated to sport is mind blowing. It takes our motto ‘more than a club’ to a whole new level – and we hope that our presence in Empire of Sports will continue to increase the level of support for both FC Barcelona and football.”

Alexis Galley, CEO of Empire of Sports, said: “We couldn’t ask for a more prestigious partner than FC Barcelona. We are really proud to welcome them into our virtual world of sport and give them the space to work closely with their fans and supporters. Empire of Sports has limitless potential and offers amazing opportunities to our ever-growing list of partners – the fact that worldwide brands such as FC Barcelona see this opportunity, only serves to strengthen our confidence in making the first worldwide sports-based gaming platform.”

Empire of Sports is currently in the Prologue phase: this phase allows the game to expand progressively, with the help and feedback of its vast community of online players.

If you are keen to explore the FC Barcelona virtual club house in Empire of Sports and fancy a chance to win a signed Messi shirt, all you need to do is download the game client from www.empireofsports.com, register and look for Sergi in the grand-place in front of the welcome area.