In a significant move for the esports world, Olle “ollelito” Arbin has announced his representation of New York City FC (NYCFC) in the upcoming 2024 eMLS season. This announcement comes alongside the exciting news of his contract extension with Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP) until 2026.
Expressing his enthusiasm, ollelito stated, “Thrilled to announce I’m joining New York City FC for this 2024 eMLS season. Also, delighted to announce my contract extension with NIP until 2026. I want to thank both organizations for showing their trust in me to represent them at the biggest stages. Really excited for this new adventure and see you in February in the United States of America.”
— New York City Football Club (@NYCFC) January 5, 2024
At only 22 years old, Ollelito has rapidly ascended to the top ranks of professional FC Pro esports athletes. His career highlights include winning the FUT Champions Cup and the European Summer Cup Series in 2020, followed by victories in both the EA Sports Cup and the ePremier League in 2023.
This season, Ollelito will compete in the eMLS Series & eMLS Cup, representing NYCFC while on loan from the renowned Swedish Esports organization, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP). This partnership clearly shows how traditional soccer clubs and the growing esports industry are starting to work together.
The signing of Ollelito by NYCFC follows the recent trend of prestigious EA FC pro players joining eMLS teams, notably including the transfer of Christopher “DidyChrislito” Holly to Toronto FC for the new season. Such movements highlight the increasing competitiveness and prestige of the eMLS circuit.
BEST SWEDISH FIFA PLAYER OF 2023 🏆🇸🇪
I’m proud to say that I am Swedish Player of the Year for the third time in my career.
It’s a great recognition of the effort I try to make every day to improve and surpass myself to achieve my goals.
Thank you everyone
Gods plan 💫 pic.twitter.com/Wh8P8bRKFY
— Olle Arbin (@ollelito) January 2, 2024
Recently, ollelito also celebrated his third recognition as the Best Swedish FIFA Player of 2023. “I’m proud to say that I am Swedish Player of the Year for the third time in my career.” he commented. “It’s a great recognition of the effort I try to make every day to improve and surpass myself to achieve my goals.”
As the eMLS season approaches, fans are eager to witness the impact these top-tier players will have on the competition. With ollelito and DidyChrislito joining, the season promises to be one of the most exciting yet.
eMLS is part of the FC Pro ecosystem that will send the winner to the FC Pro World Championship next summer.