Leading esports organisation Fnatic have announced a partnership with Italian giants AS Roma, ​introducing the Serie A club's first professional team to the ever-growing FIFA esports league. 


The Fnatic-powered team will be helmed by manager Colin Johnson, including players Sam “Poacher” Carmody, Aman “Aman” Seddiqi, and Nicoló “Insa” Mirra. 

In an announcement on Tuesday, Fnatic CEO Wouter Sleijffers said: “FIFA’s entry into the world of esports has received the attention of many organisations both from established football clubs and esports organisations. Fnatic is excited to enter this rising esports game with AS Roma, one of the most iconic clubs in football with a long and successful history.”


He continued: “We’re thrilled and honoured to work alongside AS Roma by helping the club take its first steps into a new, digital chapter in its rich and storied legacy. Whether on the grass or in-game, we share the same ambition: be among the top in the world.”


The players will represent Roma in the upcoming FIFA tournaments, while Fnatic will manage the team and offer support for training, events and provide all esports-related logistical knowledge to nurture them.

Roma president Jim Pallotta added: “As one of the most digitally-connected sports teams in the world, we’ve strived to create an organisation at Roma that engages our fans through all digital channels. 


“With the tremendous growth of eSports and continued attention placed on games like FIFA, we’ve partnered with Fnatic, the world’s leading eSports organisation, to launch our eSports team. This joint venture will enable us to start building a strong legacy in eSports and engage our fans in exciting new ways.”


Fnatic already has professional teams competing in many of the world's most popular games including League of Legends, Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and more. 


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