Greek football team, Panathinaikos have announced that they will launch an esports division, tentatively announcing teams in Counterstrike, Dota, League of Legends, FIFA and potentially other games.
A translated press release states…
“Our Club wants to take this big step and is going to work with teams and players from different popular games such as League of Legends, Starcraft, Dota2, Counter-Strike, FIFA and NBA2K.”
“Panathinaikos AC performs a groundbreaking move that is expected to give the Association substantial benefits and, through this innovation, we turn to Greek players who have already achieved something outside of Greece,” stated club president M. Dimitris Baltakos, as translated by IGN Greece. “We now want to give them extra motivation and organizational framework regarding their involvement with eSports.”
The club is one of the most successful in Greece. Most well known for its football team, the Athletic Club also has basketball, handball, athletics and Rugby teams. They are the latest European sports team to make aggressive steps into esports, following the likes of Schalke, Valencia, Copenhagen, Beskitas and Paris St.Germain.