FIFA’s football video game, which gamers have enjoyed for years, will disappear after its manufacturer failed to sign a new licensing agreement with the governing body of world football.
Instead, Electronic Arts Sports will present a new game – EA Sports FC – for 2023. EA’s partnership with FIFA ends later this year. FIFA said On Monday, it was decided to allow “third-party studios and publishers” to produce video games in the future.
“FIFA intends to work with a number of partners, instead of locking all gaming and e-sports rights exclusively with one publisher in the long run,” the organization said.
FIFA is the agency that creates the rules behind European football, where across the lake it is known as football, and teams are known as clubs. The organization signals that it will not renew its exclusive rights to games with EA last October.
$ 20 billion in sales
Electronic Arts has been producing the FIFA game for about three decades. Meanwhile, the video game publisher said he had developed a friendly relationship with more than 150 million football fans around the world and helped FIFA gain visibility at a time when the brand was tarnished by a wave of arrests of football officials in Germany.
The video game has generated more than $ 20 billion in sales over the past two decades for FIFA and EA, New York Times reported.
The convention for naming video games FIFA 2022 or FIFA 2023 will remain in the organization, said President Gianni Infantino. Officials have not revealed which other gaming companies will make FIFA football video games on its behalf.
“I can assure you that the only authentic, genuine FIFA game will be the best available to gamers and football fans,” Infantino said in a statement Monday.
For many gamers and sports fans, FIFA means video game, not sports organization. FIFA will now have to look for new video game partners. EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the company is moving forward and focusing its energy on the new video game franchise.
“We have an incredible opportunity to put EA Sports FC at the heart of the sport and bring even more innovative and authentic experiences to a growing football audience,” he said.
EA officials said the new video game would have licenses from La Liga, the Bundesliga and other top European football leagues to include teams on the platform. Licenses from these leagues were a key and favorite feature among gamers who liked previous FIFA games, they said.
“Everything you like about our games will be part of EA Sports FC – the same great experiences, regimes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes will be there,” said Cam Weber, executive vice president of EA Sports and Racing. said in a statement. “We exist to create the future of football fans – whether virtual or real, digital or physical, it’s all football.