Spain’s streaming icon Ibai and football pro Gerard Pique are set to host the inaugural World Cup in ballroom maintenance next month. The event will be held in person in Barcelona, Spain on October 14. Ibai originally made the announcement on September 26 and issued an open call to competitors from around the world.
The video released today showed the first representatives accepting their invitation to the prestigious competition. Antonio, Diego and Isbel Arrendondo will compete on behalf of the United States. They are the founders of the Keep-Up Balloon League, an American league dedicated to this sport. Earlier this year, one of their competitions posted on TIC Tac surpassed six million views, sparking growing interest in the league.
Balloon Keep-Up is a sport where up to three teammates work to keep a ball in the air for as long as possible. Once the ball hits the ground, the team’s attempt is over. The team with the longest airtime is declared the winner.
Ibai has confirmed that he will lead the project. The 28-year-old is one of the best streamers for Spanish speaking audiences and one of the biggest creators on Twitch in general. Ibai has over eight million followers on Twitch and is well known for his IRL and variety feeds, covering League of Legends, Minecraft, Among us, and more.
This is also not Ibai’s first project with a big football star. Earlier this year, Ibai announced the historic transfer of Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona to PSG. The Spanish streamer has also worked with Pique before. The two acquired AstralisSB’s place in Superliga, a Spanish ERL in League, earlier this month.
Piqué will co-host the event alongside Ibai. Pique is a legendary central defender of FC Barcelona. He signed with the team in 2008 and has since won three Champions League titles with the organization. Piqué will transition from soccer to Balloon Keep-Up for his next World Cup.