Sydney FC's famous Sky Blue jersey will be featured in Fortnite, one of the world's largest online games, as the Sky Blues join forces with Epic Games ("Epic") alongside 20 other clubs including football giants Juventus, Manchester City and more.
Fortnite is a global phenomenon with more than 350 million accounts worldwide, and starting January 24, players will be able to select the Sydney FC outfit as one of 23 different football clubs in the new “Kickoff Set” Outfit to represent their favourite club in-game.
Additionally, players will be able to earn or purchase two new emotes, including a “Fancy Footwork” dribbling emote and the iconic “Pelé’s Air Punch” celebration thanks to Epic’s partnership with the legendary Brazilian footballer.
Fortnite players and footballers around the world can jump into the game on January 20 for the opportunity to earn rewards even earlier by participating in the Pelé Cup. Anyone playing the game can also visit the Creative Hub for an immersive football experience throughout the week, and join select clubs around the world, including the Sky Blues, in hosted Fortnite tournaments.
Sydney FC stars and Fortnite players Trent Buhagiar and Chris Zuvela, among others, will take part in a launch competition against other A-League clubs and other Fortnite devotees on January 27th. There is even a chance for fans to take part. Keep an eye on our social channels for more details of where to watch.
“It’s going to be fantastic to be able to play in the club’s Sky Blue colour and join with our Members to take on and beat our rivals,” said Sydney FC striker Buhagiar.
“Playing for Sydney FC and playing Fortnite are two of the things I love the most so to be combining the two is going to be an amazing experience.”
Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend heralded the partnership.
"This partnership is an awesome opportunity to showcase our Clubs and Leagues to Fortnite’s player base in Australia and millions more around the world,” said Danny Townsend, CEO of Sydney FC and Commercial Lead for the Australian Professional Leagues.
“We know where our audiences are, and there is a big overlap between people who love football and people who play Fortnite.
“Our Clubs are taking part alongside more than 20 teams from around the world, from Man City in the English Premier League to Santos in the Brasileirão to MLS’ Seattle Sounders.”
Nate Nanzer, Head of Global Partnerships at Epic Games said: “Football is consistently one of the top sports that our players tell us they want to see and experience in Fortnite.
“We’re excited to partner with Sydney FC to bring ‘the beautiful game’ to Fortnite fans around the world as they face off in competitive tournaments, experience new creative modes of gameplay, and celebrate global football.”