David “Frenetic” Neila, Hearthstone player for electronic sports FC Barcelona, was proclaimed champion of the GrandMasters Europe, Blizzard’s top European card video game competition, on June 6. The Catalan club thus expands its range of successes beyond the sports scene and seals its name in the universe of esports on a continental level.
Frenetic claimed the European title in his first season as Grandmaster and FC Barcelona player. Also, thanks to this victory he has automatically qualified for the world; whose date is yet to be determined, where will face the best players in each region: Americas, Europe, APAC and China.
Rdu and xBlyzes they were Frenetic’s rivals in the semifinals and final, respectively, where the champion prevailed 1-3 and 2-3. His title already credits him as the best player in Europe. With everything, we are talking about the first title of the Catalan club at the European level of the section and the Laporta era, that in the last assembly of delegates of the club declared that eSports are a strategic issue for the club and will continue to promote it in the future.
FC Barcelona, focused on electronic sports
FC Barcelona inaugurated its own channel of Twitch to address the current situation of video games and electronic sports with works such as eFootball PES, Rocket League and Hearthstone, where it has clubs and a presence in the competitive field of the highest level. Barça is thus ratified as the pioneer club in the sector by having a presence not only in soccer video game simulators, but also in areas far from the king of sports.
In addition, last September, FC Barcelona participated in the Hearthstone Gold Club World Cup held in China, a tournament where clubs such as Team Liquid, G2, T1 or Suning participated. Barça’s participation was considered a media phenomenon and the tournament managed to add a audience of 198 million viewers during the 7 days of the competition.
Source | Official press communication; Frenetic