The company Electronic Arts (EA) plans to continue in the football video game business, although without being linked to FIFA, a body with which they have collaborated for more than 20 years.
The FIFA video game saga is currently the most recognized when it comes to soccer simulators. According to EA, they have licenses that give access to more than 17,000 athletes on more than 700 teams.
However, EA analyzes the possibility of continuing with these video games although with a new name.
“We are reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is independent of all our official associations and licenses throughout the world of football,” said a statement signed by Cam Weber, EA Executive Vice President.
As part of this step, at the beginning of October Electronic Arts registered the name “EA Sports FC” with intellectual property agencies in the United Kingdom and the European Union.
However, this analysis is based on a two-year negotiation with the governing body of world soccer.
According to sources cited by The New York Times, FIFA seeks to obtain a billion dollars for the license for each World Cup cycle, more than double what it currently receives from EA.
In addition, according to the US media, the dispute between FIFA and EA also lies in the intention of the video game company to expand the license to new products, such as NFTs.
FIFA 22 is the most recent entry in the franchise and the outcome of this negotiation is expected to be known towards the end of 2022, when the current agreement between EA and FIFA concludes.
Recently Konami, a company recognized for games like Silent Hill, was the target of criticism after “retiring” Pro Evolution Soccer, its saga of soccer simulators with more than 20 years, to transform it into eFootball, a title that, despite being free, was criticized for bugs in animations and gameplay glitches.