AFC Champions League license coming to PES 2014

Published at 9:34 am, Monday, 22 April 2013
Author: Mike Harvey |

Photo courtesy of Jon Murphy

Asia's most prestigious competition, the AFC Champions League, is coming to Pro Evolution Soccer, Konami have confirmed.

The licensing deal - which was finalised this morning at a signing ceremony in Dubai - is expected to last for at least 4 years starting with PES 2014.

After adding yet another major competition to their already long list of licenses, this means Konami have secured deals for the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Libertadores and now the AFC Champions League - all of which will feature exclusively in Pro Evolution Soccer for the foreseeable future.

Read the press release below.
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH has announced an agreement with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to incorporate the AFC Champions League, the prestigious tournament that decides Asia’s greatest club team, into forthcoming versions of Pro Evolution Soccer.
The deal will see KONAMI working closely with the AFC to integrate the club competition into forthcoming Pro Evolution Soccer titles. The game, which enjoys a global presence, will feature a dedicated mode, allowing users to control one of the 32 teams that compete in the AFC Champions League tournament.
The Pro Evolution Soccer series holds a wide range of soccer licenses from around the world, including Europe’s premier club competition, the UEFA Champions League. Since its inception, the series has enjoyed wide-ranging acclaim worldwide, and the addition ofAsia’s highly-regarded club competition will only serve to extend its range and awareness within football fans across the globe.
KONAMI is committed to the continual pursuit of realism within its Pro Evolution Soccer series, and the new agreement furthers the publisher’s quest to recreate the excitement, atmosphere and skill of football played at the highest level.
“The acquisition of such a high-profile license such as the AFC Champions League is integral to our ambitious plans for the Pro Evolution Soccer series,” commented Shinji Hirano, President for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with the Asian Football Confederation, as we look to bring the passion and skill of the AFC Champions League to vivid life.” 
“Konami is rightly regarded as the leader in the field of football video games and their expertise and enthusiasm shines through,” commented Dr. Hafez Al Medlej, Chairman of the Asian Football Confederation Marketing Committee. “We are very excited to see the AFC Champions League integrated into the acclaimed Pro Evolution Soccer series, and foresee a long, close and mutually beneficial partnership for us both.”

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