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FC Cincinnati announce esports partnership with Rival

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CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati announced today a partnership with the innovative fan engagement and gaming platform Rival.

FC Cincinnati’s partnership with Rival will expand and grow the club’s presence into the esports community through initiatives and platforms, which includes the first FC Cincinnati Esports Night presented by Klosterman for the Saturday, August 13 match against Atlanta United FC. Additionally, the club’s first ever Fan FIFA Tournament will take place leading up to the match on Tuesday, August 9.

“We are very excited to partner with Rival and grow our esports presence,” said Bobby Straka, FC Cincinnati Senior Director of Marketing. “We look forward to hosting tournaments and events and offering new ways to connect with our fans.”

The Esports Night presented by Klosterman on Aug. 13 will celebrate the local gaming community and feature a meet and greet with the club’s eMLS player Macissé ‘Cissé’ Diop. Prior to the match at Washington Park, activations will include a gaming truck, music and food beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Cincinnati Fear, the Queen City’s professional esports team, will have a presence on the concourse throughout the match.

The first ever FCC Fan FIFA Tournament will take place on Aug. 9 beginning at 7 p.m. The winner of the tournament will receive four tickets to the Atlanta United match, an FC Cincinnati jersey, and an opportunity to play FCC’s Cissé at Washington Park in the pregame festivities.


The tournament is on the PlayStation platform and free to enter, and fans can sign up to play, HERE.

Fans can join FC Cincinnati’s Discord to stay up to date with all the latest the club is doing in the world of esports, HERE.

FC Cincinnati return to TQL Stadium for Salute to Service night on Saturday, August 6 against the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, streamed regionally on, out of market on ESPN+, on radio on ESPN 1530 while an audio stream will be available via the iHeartRadio app.

FC Cincinnati are playing their fourth season of MLS competition in 2022, and their second playing at TQL Stadium. For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.

About Rival
Rival provides a first-of-its-kind, enterprise platform solution that empowers companies and organizations to leverage the popularity of gaming and esports to acquire new customers, drive engagement, build a loyal community around their brands and create new revenue streams. Through its proprietary technology, Rival connects the massive global appeal and audience of gaming and esports with sports teams, leagues, brands and media properties. With operations in two continents, Rival’s current partnership roster includes the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Monumental Sports and Entertainment, NHL’s Florida Panthers, NBA’s Detroit Pistons and NBA 2K League, Liverpool F.C. and Leeds United of the English Premier League, as well as organizations including the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and Pop Warner Little Scholars. For media inquiries, please contact |