Break out those Xbox One and PS4 controllers, lads. Why? Because professional football teams are starting to sign FIFA players to professional contracts.
Wolverhampton’s very own David Bytheway became Wolfburg’s second professional FIFA player when the club signed him to their team last month. I guess even FIFA transfers have to be completed during the appropriate transfer window dates!
Happy to announce I have signed with @VfL_Wolfsburg as their official FIFA Player
— David Bytheway (@DaveBtwFIFA) January 19, 2016
The 22-year-old has been a professional FIFA player since the age of 17 and has been globetrotting to places like Las Vegas, New York and even Rio to plop down on the couch and get paid to play FIFA. Seriously, he’s living the dream. What’s more, he’s even represented England at the World Cup level… the FIFA Interactive World Cup, that is.
In typical English fashion… he failed to win the tourney. What? It’s just how it is… no shade, mate!
David will be wearing an official Wolfsburg kit every time he plays FIFA, as you can see in the feature image above. He’ll be representing the club whenever he plays in tournaments and whenever he’s taking part in online streams.
“It’s absolutely massive for me the fact that a team like Wolfsburg have gotten involved with gaming.” he said. “It was just something I was doing at home to start with, just playing my friends and wanting to be the best out of them, and all of a sudden I’m a part of a football club.”
David figures Premier League clubs will start investing in eSports soon and doesn’t feel that this is big news, but we certainly feel otherwise! Massive congrats to you, David, and let this be an inspiration to all you pro gamers out there. Also, don’t take the England comment to heart, mate, just a bit of chatting shit 😉