Goal signs second esports player
Global online football publisher Goal has signed its second professional FIFA player. Danny Taylor joins Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre to complete Goal’s esports team and become Goal’s first Playstation player.
Prior to joining Goal, Taylor represented West Ham United and reached the FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Finals three times.
Marketing Manager for Goal, Paul Rayment said: “Last season was a learning processes for Goal and we believe that by adding Danny to our team not only improves our competitiveness, but also the content we can create for the legion of FIFA fans who come to Goal for both their football and gaming content.
“Danny’s experience will be an asset and with his style being similar to Graham’s we expect the pair to form a great partnership and help each other improve as players.”
Taylor said: “Last season went well for me, but I’m eager to do better this season and with Goal’s support I’m in a great position to do so. I’m looking forward to winning with Goal but also getting involved in more FIFA content and helping Goal to raise the profile of FIFA as an esport.”
At the end of last season Goal launched Goal Vs, a pilot series featuring Goal’s esports players taking on those from other clubs. Goal intends to continue the series this season.
Rayment said: “Goal Vs proved popular, not only through our own channels but also those of the clubs we worked with. We were also happy to see it appear in the in-game video player in FIFA 18. We’re already speaking to a number of esports organisations and Champions League-level football clubs about plans for this season and look forward to it becoming a regular staple of our esports coverage.”
Goal has already filmed the first series of matches for Goal Vs’ second season, with Taylor and McIntyre facing players for Leicester City's Christian Fuchs' esports team, No Fuchs Given.
Alongside Taylor, Goal has recruited Jack Stewart to contribute both esports and gaming editorial. Stewart became the first full-time esports journalist for a British newspaper when he joined Mail Online.
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