EA Sports arrête "FIFA", son célèbre jeu de foot

EA Sports arrête “FIFA”, son célèbre jeu de foot

After the end of “PES”, that of “FIFA”? This morning, in a press release, the American publisher Electronic Arts Sports (EA Sports) announced that it was ending its partnership of almost thirty years next year with the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa). “FIFA 2023” will be the final edition of EA Sports under this name. She is expected next fall.

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EA Sports will launch “EA Sports FC”

Since 1993, EA Sports and FIFA have been partners in publishing the game, which counts 150 million players worldwide according to “Les Echos”. According to the “New York Times”, the two parties failed to reach a new agreement. It must be said that FIFA demanded the doubling of the amount of the current contract with EA Sports – 150 million euros per year – but also to be able to sponsor other games, thus calling into question the exclusive agreement with the game publisher. video.

EA Sports finally gave up the extension. However, he does not intend to stop publishing football games. He has just announced the creation of a new brand, “EA Sports FC”. While this game will no longer have access to World Cup rights, it will still have almost 300 licensing agreements with major football teams and national and continental leagues. “Our unique licensing portfolio of over 19,000 players, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and 30 leagues will always be there, only in ‘EA Sports FC’“, clarified EA Sports. And to indicate: “This includes exclusive partnerships with the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS and more to come.“.

FIFA does not let go of “FIFA”

After this announcement, FIFA did not remain silent. In a statement, it said it will continue publishing the game stamped “FIFA” with other studios “leading“.”‘FIFA’ game is the best game available for players and football fans (…) ‘FIFA’ will forever be the best“, said Gianni Infantino. And to add: “The interactive gaming and esports industry is on a path of unparalleled growth and diversification. FIFA’s strategy is to ensure that we can make the most of all future options and secure a wide range of products and opportunities for players, fans, associations and partners.“.

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