Konami delays PES Euro 2020 DLC after tournament postponement

Konami delays PES Euro 2020 DLC after tournament postponement

Japanese publisher Konami has said that the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2020 DLC for its, erm, eFootball PES 2020 release has been delayed.

In a statement on Twitter (below), the company said that this is due to the Euro 2020 tournament being postponed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The DLC was set for an April 30th release, but this is being pushed back. As well as the competition being pushed back, Konami says that this is partly due to a new state of emergency being declared in Japan.

Konami rebranded its Pro Evolution Soccer – better known as PES – series in 2019 to eFootball PES as part of its focus on esports. The company has said that it intends to be a leader for pro-gaming on a global stage. Part of this strategy was the Japan 2020 Olympic Games, which of course are no longer taking place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In December 2019, Arsenal player Mesut Özil was pulled from the game in China after he discussed the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the region. Millions of Uighur Muslims are being held in concentration camps (sorry, *reeducation camps) in Xinjiang province.

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