Melbourne City has locked in its E-League players for the 2020 season with Marcus Gomes and Peter Saisanas returning for another tilt at the E-League title.
After last season’s heart-breaking E-League Grand Final loss, the boys will be out for redemption as they look to pick up Melbourne City’s first piece of silverware in the esports space.
Gomes – the first professional esports player in Australian football – re-joins for his third season with the Club, representing Melbourne City on XBOX.
His 2019 saw him compete at the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Finals in London, going into the tournament as the number 11 rank, maintaining his position as the country’s number one XBOX player.
Saisanas also returns to the Club for his second season at City, competing on PS4. The Melbourne native had a strong 2019 E-League season and has been a consistent performer across FUT.
Speaking on his return, Gomes was excited for another chance at E-League glory.
“It has been disappointing to come so close over the past two seasons in the E-League but I’m as motivated as ever to take out the title and represent Melbourne City in not only the E-League but on the global stage,” he said.
Saisanas was also pleased to be representing the Club:
“The past 12 months has been a whirlwind representing Melbourne City in the E-League and supporting Marcus at the FIFA eWorld Cup and I can’t wait to hit the ground running this year for the most exciting season of the E-League yet,” he said.
Melbourne City FC CEO Brad Rowse said the rise of esports since the Club’s first venture into the industry has come on in leaps and bounds as fans across the globe embrace the modern platform.
“We’re incredibly proud to have Marcus and Peter representing Melbourne City in the E-League this season,” Rowse said.
“The growth of esports has been exponential over the past three seasons, seeing the Club exposed globally, appealing to a new generation of fans in Australia and across the world,
“Our City Football Group partnership with EA Sports also enhances our desire to venture into the esports market and we hope our esports players will take one more step this season and take out our first E-League Championship.
Both Gomes and Saisanas will look to prepare for E-League Match Day 1 on Saturday 15 February.