Fortnite Brings Soccer Clubs & Pelé Out to Play

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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The beautiful game of fútbol (soccer) is coming to Fortnite this week and fans are clamoring to be the first to take the virtual field.

Epic Games has partnered with 23 of the top soccer clubs across the globe to bring the international sport to the popular online video game platform known for games like Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite Battle Royale.

Now, soccer fans can choose from football clubs like Juventus, AC Milan, Manchester City, AS Roma and Atlanta United, among many others, and play as women or men characters.

Epic Games has also partnered with iconic Brazilian superstar, Pelé, with Pele’s Air Punch Emote, which will allow players to jump into the air and throw a fist up with exhilaration after scoring a goal.

“It was an explosion of joy, which led me at that moment to punch in the air because it was a very beautiful move,” Pelé says in a video from Fortnite. “Now if you ask me, if it was one of the most important things in my life, I will say it was because before that moment, I had scored many goals in many different ways, but this was the celebration that captured the attention of the world.”

Players can purchase the new skins from the Fortnite shop starting Jan. 23. However, fans can also win the new emote by participating in the Pelé Cup on Jan. 20. The Pelé Cup is a “competitive soccer mode” that will give players a chance to win the Air Punch Emote and a customized signed shirt.