The popular EA Sports FIFA video game franchise will end, after licensing disagreements with the world’s football governing body.
EA Sports will discontinue the popular FIFA soccer game franchise.
Fifa 23 will be the last edition of the game, after the disagreements on the license with the world governing body of football, The sun relationships.
EA Sports cited the expensive licensing deals and strategic pivots as reasons to switch from their deal with Fifa.
Instead, EA will launch a new soccer video game franchise under the name of EA Sports FC.
Fifa reportedly asked for double the annual fee of $ 150 million ($ A216 million) raised by EA to renew the contract, according to The New York Times.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson found the money demands unsustainable and once claimed Fifa offers little more than “four letters on the front of the box”.
The new game franchise will still include most of the top football teams, leagues, stadiums, and players, as EA Sports has separate licensing deals with them.
However, the World Cup organized by FIFA will be deleted from the content.
Quitting Fifa will allow EA to introduce live event streaming and other events around the world that have been popularized by sandbox-style games like Fortnite.
“In the future, our players will ask us for the ability to be more expansive in that offering. At present, we engage in play as the primary form of interactive experience. Soon, watching and creating content will be just as important to fans, ”said EA Sports executive David Jackson BBC.
Esports and the professional gaming space are sure to suffer: the EA Fifa eSports league holds an annual World Cup championship with a $ 200,000 ($ A288,000) dollar prize.
Meanwhile, Fifa will be looking for a new game developer to bring their product to players, which will be a challenge as the English Premier League and Champion’s League have contractual obligations to EA Sports.
Branding partners also remain loyal to EA Sports during the tumultuous end of the Fifa era.
A Nike representative said, “Our partnership with EA SPORTS FC will genuinely grow the ways our communities can play and engage with sport.” EA Sport announcement.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard McMasters said: “EA SPORTS is a long-term and valued Premier League partner and we look forward to continuing to work together in the new era of EA SPORTS FC.”
Since its first release in 1993, the game has been an international classic with realistic kits, players and gameplay.
The game generated sales of over $ 20 billion ($ A28.8b) during its 30 years.
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