It’s in the game for Wolves’ latest signing Torin Page
This is Wolves’ latest big signing.
But the 21-year-old won’t be lining up alongside the likes of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho at Molineux.
Instead Torin Page will be aiming to lead Wolves to glory on FIFA 2019.
The games console whizz will be donning the old gold and black shirt and letting his thumbs do the talking after becoming Wolves’ first official esports player.
Wolves are only the third Premier League club to have an esporter representing them, along with Manchester City and West Ham United.
Better known as The Turin 27, the gamer has signed for the club for the FIFA 2019 season, where he will represent Wolves in the Sony PlayStation 4 category going up against some of the best in the world.
And he will have the edge when it comes to mind games as he has just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Torin was unveiled in a glossy video by Wolves usually reserved for top players. The video shows Torin on the pitch at Molineux with the likes of Wolves favourite Matt Murray and Joleon Lescott when the former Wolves defender was back to commentate on a game.
The gamer, who said he is a Wolves fan despite coming from South London, tweeted after the deal was struck to say: “Proud that I signed for @Wolves this will motivate me more than before to perform!
“I can’t wait to start playing and representing @Wolvesesports and @teamBundled.”
And speaking to the Express & Star after his signing he said: “The first FIFA I played was the 2007 edition. However, I started playing competitively in FIFA 17 after I got two 40-0’s and was inches away from going to Munich, which was a major qualifying event. 80-0 has been my longest winning run both on FIFA 17 and FIFA 18”.
Last season, Torin, qualified for the FUT Championship regional’s in Barcelona as number eight worldwide, where he eventually reached the last 32.
After this impressive performance, he passed up the chance to compete at further regional’s in favour of concentrating on his final year of his studies.
This summer, Torin graduated from Nottingham University and he has now chosen to embark on a professional esports career with Wolves.
Torin said: “Although I am not a local, I do support the club and I hope they do really well this season. I think with Wolves I can be successful over the coming years and I believe by playing for the best club in the West Midlands my own game can develop further as well.
“I am really looking forward to the new FIFA season and I can’t wait to represent Wolves on both a national and international level.”
Russell Jones, head of marketing at Wolves, added: “We are delighted to welcome Torin to the club and look forward to watching him compete for us in FIFA 19.”
The club announced a partnership with Bundled, one of Europe’s leading console gaming esports agencies, last month. And while the esporters may not be on the salaries of the top players just yet they are becoming more important to clubs
Esports, video games which are played competitively for spectators at a professional level, are set to attract more than 420 million viewers by 2019, according to Newzoo – a company that tracks intelligence in the digital games industry.
Dave Bytheway, another esporter, was chosen to represent England at the FIFA Interactive World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
The then-20-year-old from Low Hill in Wolverhampton won a place in the finals after coming 23rd out of almost two million people who tried to qualify for the tournament.
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