What’s happening with the world? West Ham United have announced the signing of a little-known 24-year-old who may or may not be able to actually kick a football. That’s because Sean ‘Dragonn’ Allen is a professional FIFA player -- yes, that’s a thing in 2016 -- who’s used to virtually kicking virtual arse on a virtual pitch.
Allen, sorry, Dragonn, who was runner up in the 2016 FIFA interactive World Cup, has been given the official squad number of 50, which will no doubt piss off any academy kids busting their balls to make it anywhere close to the first team. The Irons will roll him out for the first time this weekend, where he’ll be competing for a $15,000 prize at Gfinity's Play Like a Legend Grand Final alongside 15 other gaming big dogs. The move shows just how quickly the strange world of eSports is developing.
Last year, German heavyweights VFL Wolfsburg picked up pro FIFA-ers Benedikt "Salzor" Saltzer and Daniel "Dani" Fink. The club has since followed up those signings with the recruitment of David "DaveBtw" Bytheway, a 22-year-old Brit.
Hammers manager Slaven Bilic, who clearly knows exactly what eSports is, is seriously hyped about the move, saying, "This is a big move for West Ham United,” he said. “I have heard that Sean is a big player in the e-sports arena so I am delighted that we have managed to secure his services. I hope he can now go on to represent the club with pride across the globe - he will certainly have the support of all the lads whenever he dons the claret and blue.” [Engadget]