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West Ham United, the mid-table English Premier League football team, have expanded their esports team by signing Danny Taylor.
Taylor is a well-known FIFA player, who has been around for more than ten years. He has reached the FIFA Interactive World Cup (eWorld Cup) grand finals thrice.
Taylor plies his trade on PS4. West Ham already have Jamie “Jamboo” Rigden, – who plays FIFA on Xbox One.
Both these players will represent West Ham in the upcoming FIFA eClub World Cup qualification group stages.
Taylor was upbeat following the news: “I’m absolutely buzzing to be given an opportunity like this. I’m a long-term player, and have been playing online competitively since FIFA 08, but this is the first time I’ve stepped into the professional environment of actually representing a football club.” He further told whufc.com: “I’ve always just represented myself, and made it to a few world finals, but this is the first time I’ve ever stepped up to this level. It’s massive for me and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
West Ham were the first Premier League football team to embrace esports, signing Sean “Dragonn” Allen two years ago, who later moved to the Lightning Pandas.
Dragonn also coached fellow UK FIFA player Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing in last year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup, a tournament Gorilla went on to win.
Since West Ham moved into esports, many other football clubs followed suit, including the likes of PSG, Roma, Manchester City and many more.
Some remain in FIFA, while others have embraced different games like League of Legends and Rocket League.
Source: European Gaming Media and Events