MLS football team New York City FC have become the first team in the league to buy a FIFA 17 player, and new signing Christopher Holly will represent the club from now on at tournaments.
"As esports continues to gain momentum, NYCFC has decided that now is the time to deepen its engagement in the industry, bringing even more to fans, many of whom are avid FIFA players," New York City FC said in their official announcement.
Diego Gigliani, SVP, Media and Innovation, City Football Marketing, said: "At New York City FC, we are always looking for new ways to innovate and get closer to our fans. We are delighted to welcome Christopher Holly to the Club to represent NYCFC as the first ever esports player in MLS."
"Christopher will play EA Sports FIFA at gaming tournaments around the world and challenge NYCFC fans pre-match as well as our players. We'll also be creating content and livestreaming on platforms like YouTube and Twitch."
"This is the next stage in our esports strategy at City Football Group. Last year, we signed Kez Brown as Manchester City's first esports player and now it is great news that Christopher is joining our group."
Holly himself said: "It's an honor to represent NYCFC. It's a chance of a lifetime, I'm really excited and looking forward to the future.
"I never thought this would happen so when the club contacted me, I was shocked and now I'm really looking forward to it."
"I think NYCFC has some great players such as Pirlo and David Villa. They're players I used to watch when I was younger so now that they're in the MLS and in NY, it's great."
Holly has qualified for the Season 2 regional final in Vancouver on April 22, and will be aiming to qualify for the FUT World Championship in Berlin as well.
"I would describe my game as mostly freestyle. I don't really have a set play; I adjust to what my opponent does," Holly continued. "For people who want to get better at FIFA, my advice is to keep practicing, watch videos of other pro players to see what they do and try to implement that in your game."
Can Holly get all the way to the finals in Berlin?