Saturday, October 16th, 2021

EA is considering renaming the FIFA series

EA says it is “groping for ideas” to rename the FIFA series. That would end the nearly 30-year relationship between EA Sports and the international football organization.

In a press release on the launch of FIFA 22, EA Sports’ CamWeber explains, “We are also exploring the idea of ​​renaming the global EA SPORTS soccer game in the future.” The developers have shown that this does not change the broad partnership and license of soccer games. “This means that we are considering a naming rights agreement with FIFA, separate from all other official partnerships and licenses in the football world.”

The EA hasn’t made it clear at this point why it’s taking this into account, even though the FIFA name hasn’t gained much of a favorable relationship in recent years. FIFA is the international governing body for association football, but has been involved in many years of controversy, including majors. Corruption scandal..

The EA also doesn’t specify what the series can be renamed, but repeatedly calls the series “EA Sports football games” rather than FIFA. EA and FIFA first partnered in FIFA International Soccer in 1993, and since then at least one new FIFA game has been released each year. Since then, it has become one of the best-selling game series in history.

Weber makes it very clear that despite removing one of the familiar licenses, EA Sports football games do not lose their commitment to recreate real professional football. “We also know that reliability is essential to the experience over the years of building the global franchise, so we have over 300 individual licenses with access to over 17,000 athletes in over 700 teams. We are committed to the collective strength of our partners. We continue to invest in the most meaningful partnerships and licenses for our players in 100 stadiums and more than 30 leagues around the world. […] The breadth of partnerships and the ecosystem of licensed content will continue to bring unmatched reliability to EA Sports football games. “

The news comes shortly after Konami announces that it has renamed its longtime FIFA rival Pro Evolution Soccer (known in Japan as Winning Eleven) to eFootball. Unfortunately, the name change is tied to the launch of the game we described as a tragedy.

This year’s FIFA article, FIFA 22, has been awarded a 7/10 review. “Microtransactions are still big, but with the combination of small repetitive changes and the horsepower of a new generation of consoles, FIFA 22 feels like an innovative or worthwhile upgrade without the need for anything. It’s terribly exciting from the EA side. “

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