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EA Sports and FIFA officially end 30-year old video game partnership

11 May 2022 0

In a move that was rumored for quite some time, EA Sports and FIFA have officially confirmed the end of their 30-year-long video game partnership. The upcoming FIFA 23 will be the last video game to be released as part of the deal. This puts an end to one of the most popular and best-selling gaming franchises in the world.

It is said that the two parties spent a lot of time coming to an agreement regarding the extension of the deal but nothing materialized. The only good thing is that the current deal was originally set to expire after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar but has now been adjusted to cover next year's Women's FIFA World Cup.

Once the deal expires next summer, EA Sports will release its football video game under the new name EA Sports FC. This rebranding will surely take some time for gamers to get used to. As far as the game itself is concerned, nothing much is expected to change in that regard. EA currently has over 300 partners that will bring more than 19,000 athletes across 700 teams, in 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues around the world.

The only major drawback for EA Sports FC would be the absence of FIFA-controlled events like the World Cup. EA's separate deals with UEFA and various leagues mean players will continue to enjoy the likes of English Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and UEFA competitions. It will also have access to all the leading football players like Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappe, Haaland, Salah, and De Bruyne among others. EA says it will share more details about the game in the summer of 2023.



EA Sports and FIFA officially end 30-year old video game partnership
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