For over a decade, EA’s FIFA franchise has had de facto exclusive rights to the football space for video games, raising hundreds of millions of dollars from the FIFA Ultimate Team and casting a shadow over pro-evolution football. But recent events threaten its dominance. FIFA has announced a release, stating that future games “must include” more than a party.
In a new statement, FIFA has declared “bullish” about “the future of games and esports.” The statement also seemed to clearly condemn the current state of the football game market, which has been dominated by EA for years.
“FIFA is bullish and excited about the future of football games and esports. It’s clear that this needs to be a space occupied by multiple parties who control all rights,” the statement read. ..
“Technology and mobile companies are now actively competing for partnerships with FIFA, its platforms and global tournaments, and as a result, FIFA collaborates with a variety of industry players, including developers, investors and analysts. Building a long-term perspective on the game, the esports and interactive entertainment sector. With this result, FIFA specializes in proactively shaping the best possible experience and offerings to fans and consumers. It is guaranteed to have a variety of appropriate parties with the ability to do so. “
As we know, this does not necessarily mean the end of the EA football franchise. EA has negotiated license agreements with individual clubs and leagues and recently signed long-term details with FIFPRO, a professional football association that gives EA access to the names and portraits of thousands of players around the world. ..
The biggest impact is often on the name itself. FIFA reportedly wants to charge EA $ 1 billion every four years to continue using the names that EA has been using since the mid-’90s. EA is reportedly considering changing the name of FIFA to “EA Sports FC” accordingly.
The FIFA statement also opens the door to further competition with other major developers. Currently, EA’s only real competition is Konami’s recently rebranded eFootball. It was disastrously restarted as a free release with glitches and other issues. 2K Sports and Sony San Diego are two of the other major players in the sports gaming business, but neither has shown interest in jumping into football at this point.
In its own statement, EA said: “The breadth of partnerships and the ecosystem of licensed content will continue to provide unmatched reliability in EA SPORTS football games now and for years to come. We’re also exploring the idea of renaming EA SPORTS football games, which means we’re considering a naming agreement with FIFA, separate from all other official partnerships and licenses in the football world. Means. “
The outlook for sports games seems to be undergoing dramatic changes as stakeholders like FIFA begin to understand what happens and how profitable EA games are. In the meantime, you can read the FIFA 22 review here.
Kat Bailey is IGN’s senior news editor and West Ham’s unfortunate supporter.