Pro Evolution Soccer (officially abbreviated as PES and known as Winning Eleven in Asia and South America) is a football video game series developed by Konami (formerly by its division Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo). The series has been produced under the guidance of Shingo ‘Seabass’ Takatsuka. Partially as a result of EA Sports’ affinity to purchasing exclusive rights for their FIFA series, the games have historically lacked the sheer volume of licenses present in EA’s offerings, with the most notable absence being the German Bundesliga. As such, team jerseys, names, and players may be inaccurate. Every year, the version of the game is released first as Winning Eleven in Japan, and after a few months a slightly modified version is released worldwide, in two different packages: World Soccer: Winning Eleven for the Americans, and Pro Evolution Soccer for the rest of the world. Additionally, in Japan and Korea a localised version is released, featuring local leagues and teams including European ones. In 2007, the franchise began to use ‘Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer’ for the American market, which transitioned to Pro Evolution Soccer in 2008, dropping the Winning Eleven moniker entirely for that region. The game’s popularity has grown over the years, and is currently one of the most popular football games world-wide, fiercely rivaling EA’s FIFA Series.