The latest rumor from the eSports scene, presented as fact by eSports News UK, is that Manchester United Football Club have put in a bid to acquire a professional eSports team.
Though the eSports team has not been named, the site reports that the Premier League football club are going head-to-head against the long-standing eSports brand, Fnatic, in a bid to sign up a European team of Overwatch players.
As eSports UK notes, this isn’t the first time that a big football club has entered the eSports team. FC Schalke from the German Bundesliga signed up the League of Legends team ‘Elements’ eariler this year, but it is the first move into eSports from a club as big as Manchester United, who are reported to be worth around £2bn.
If the club do acquire the Overwatch team, it could open the floodgates to more acquisitions by major football clubs. Odds are that it’ll be a better investment than any of the club players bought by Louis Van Gaal or David Moyes, and they may even stand a chance of winning something in Europe next year.