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Yesterday, (10 May) EA announced that the upcoming FIFA 23 would be the last game created in development with the football association.
Moving forward the series will be rebranded EA Sports FC in order to cut ties with FIFA. The company had reportedly asked the publisher for $1 billion in order to carry its branding and include tournaments such as the World Cup in its games. This led the CEO of EA, Andrew Wilson, to call the association an “impediment” which is “holding back” EA’s footballing franchise.
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As reported by VGC, in response to EA’s announcement, FIFA has come back to say that it also intends to release a series of football games. In its statement it claims to have made the decision to provide “more choice for football and gaming fans.”
The FIFA game would be released in 2024, and be in direct competition with the first EA Sports FC. In a statement by FIFA, president Giani Infantino he said:
“I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans. The FIFA name is the only global, original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26, and so on – the constant is the FIFA name and it will remain forever and remain THE BEST.”
He went on to add “The interactive gaming and esports sector is on a path of unrivalled growth and diversification. FIFA’s strategy is to ensure we can make the most of all future options and ensure a wide range of products and opportunities for gamers, fans, member associations and partners.”
It seems that FIFA is taking the loss of the partnership well then.
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