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Without sport, footballers turn to video games

Notably players have gone head-to-head over video games during a weekend when all of Europe's top leagues were suspended. Spanish players Sergio Reguilon and Borja Iglesias played out the Seville derby on FIFA — defender Regulion, on loan from Real Madrid, playing as Sevilla, and striker Iglesias representing his Real Betis side. The real match was scheduled to be played on Sunday, but all La Liga fixtures have been postponed until April 3 amid the coronavirus outbreak. READ: Premier League in limbo as chiefs consider 'radical solutions' to finish seasonAt its peak, 62,000 people watched a stream of the game, which was hosted by esports personality Ibai."As a sports athlete, you don't spend more than three or four hours a day doing that so you have a lot of off time and a lot of that off time is spent doing video games," Carlos Rodriguez, founder and owner of G2 Esports team which hosted the match, told CNN Sport."These two worlds collide a lot … these athletes both play and watch a lot of esports and video game related stuff. "It's only natural for them. They know who are (esports') biggest stars, who are the best players, and of course they want to play with them."READ: Brazilian soccer stars wear face masks in protest at playing match amid coronavirus pandemicRodriguez says that the crossover between real and virtual sports is beneficial to both communities in terms of bringing in new fans, adding that the streaming numbers of the Seville derby were two or three times greater than usual. "If an athlete decides to stream you will undoubtedly get good numbers because these guys are really large and the gaming community really loves it when they get embraced by known personalities," said Rodriguez."When you go out and decide to stream or play a video game in front of everybody, people will be wanting to watch it definitely."The virtual Seville derby ended 6-5 in Betis' favor after Iglesias scored the winning goal — with himself.Ibai, a content creator for G2, also posted a video where he explained to Reguilon, Iglesias, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Borussia Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi how to play League of Legends.READ: Coronavirus outbreak provides sobering reality for sportsMeanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, defender Sead Kolasinac and PSG winger Julian Draxler live streamed their sessions playing popular video game Fortnite.Read More – Source

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