Konami bounced back last year, but can they continue to build by striking more deals?
The lst few years have been tough on Pro Evo, but after obtaining the exclusive rights for Juventus on PES 2020 – things are looking up.
After taking Juventus away from rivals EA & FIFA, will Konami be bringing any other big names to PES 2021?
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With no concrete news from Konami around PES 2021 all summer, the first one is some bad news.
There are a few angles for Konami to approach the licensing for PES 2021.
They could look to make more clubs exclusive like Juventus.
After losing the Inter Milan licence, could they focus on obtaining a new exclusive partnership with rivals AC Milan?
The Italian top-flight is the only of Europe’s top-five leagues to not have a partnership with EA, with none of its clubs having private deals either.
Next Stop… Madrid?
Having for the crown of Juventus, and having a relationship with both the Milan clubs already, Italy looks to be a happy hunting ground for Konami.
If Konami can land another high profile Spanish club to go alongside Barcelona this would be a hammer blow to EA Sports.
A team like Atletico Madrid would be a huge statement, and in a league that has historically strong relationships with EA Sports.
Rumours have surfaced that both Atletico and rivals Real Madrid could be fully licensed on PES 2021.
READ MORE: PES 2021: Will Real Madrid be on PES 2021?
This has come from plenty of legends from the Madrid clubs featuring as part of MyClub’s Iconic Moment Series on PES 2020.
Best of the Rest
Having licenced leagues is a nice touch, but seems slightly less important than the team’s licensing.
There’s a lot of complex and historic relationships to overcome, so we wouldn’t expect to see the Premier League, La Liga or Bundesliga follow any time soon.
The MLS fits the Konami approach but has a year left on its exclusivity deal with EA Sports. READ MORE: What will FIFA 21 look like on PS5?
We wouldn’t expect to see any new league licences on top of what exists, as Konami will likely focus on getting higher profile team targets.
We do however expect they will continue to fully licence nearly all National teams in the way they have in PES 2020.
PES 2020 took the same approach to leagues as it did clubs.
Konami went after a couple of higher-profile targets whilst also hoovering up the smaller leagues where the fight wouldn’t be as tough.
The highest-profile league with a licence is Italy’s Serie A Tim, but they also have the French Ligue 1 Conforama and Holland’s Eredivisie.
They have leagues in Turkey, Scotland, Denmark, Belgium and a lot of South America too.
Again, we would fully expect to see most of these continuing, although it will be interesting to see what happens with Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A and SerieB after it appears they have stopped licensing Corinthians.
Not only that, but EA has stepped up its interest in South America with the acquisition of the Copa Libertadores for FIFA 20. READ MORE: Everything we know about FIFA 21