PES 2020 gets exclusive rights to Euro 2020 tournament

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The new football season is up and running around Europe which means one thing - the release of football video games.

PES 2020 will be released on September 10, while FIFA 20 will drop a fortnight later on September 24.

For years, FIFA has ruled the way - mainly due to its licensing.

Many fans are reluctant to pay for a game where you have to pretend ‘Merseyside Red’ are Liverpool.

However, PES are fighting back in style in 2020.

Today, Konami announced that PES 2020 have won the rights to have the official Euro 2020 tournament.

PES 2020 owners will receive the Euro 2020 tournament as free downloadable content.

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It also means that more than 50 international sides will be fully licensed when the game is released.

Guy Laurent-Epstein, the marketing director for UEFA Events SA, said: "We are very pleased to continue and extend our working partnership with Konami.

"UEFA Euro 2020 provides an opportunity to build an even closer working relationship, allowing us to activate it in new and exciting ways, and to engage with our mutual fans around the world."

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Jonas Lygaard, the senior director of brand and business development at Konami, added: "Our teams have pulled out all the stops to secure the biggest and best licences possible for eFootball PES 2020; quality licences that match the level we set each year when it comes to gameplay.

"The partnership with UEFA and the Euro 2020 tournament is a big win for our community and new users who look for fresh content throughout the year."

It’s just another step PES has taken in order to close the gap to FIFA.

This year, Konami has secured partnerships with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United meaning they will be fully licensed.

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They also have exclusive agreements with Boca Juniors, River Plate and Juventus.

Serie A is also going to be fully licensed, featuring the Italian league's logo, trophy and associated badges.

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