Hertha Berlin are in the market to produce eSports’s next big star with the capital club set to become the first team in the Bundesliga with a dedicated electronic sports academy.
With tournaments set up for the New Year, Hertha are on the lookout for the best EA Sports FIFA players between the ages of 12 and 18 in order to develop the lucky few at the club under the guise of eSports professionals. Between two and four young players will be selected to enter the newly developed school and have their skills honed under the guise of Matthias “STYLO” Hietsch, one of Germany’s top eSports players.
"We have decided to take the decision and join the eSports industry and continue the tradition of going our own individual way about things,” Hertha board member Paul Keuter said of his team’s venture. “We want to boost our already successful footballing academy and take that success into the eSports and digital world,” he added. With the help of their sponsors, Hertha are also eager to promote an active lifestyle among its e-Sports players.
The professional gaming world has exploded in recent years with dedicated players and booming spectator figures adding to the growth of an exciting industry. Teams around the globe are increasingly keen to sign up the best players to compete in specially organised tournaments.