After almost thirty years, electronic Arts has terminated its partnership with the world football association FIFA. The game developer creates the popular football game FIFA, one of the most profitable video game series ever.
According to The New York Times, FIFA wanted a sloppy billion dollars to use the name for four years or one World Cup cycle. And that’s a lot more than EA is willing to pay for it. But, according to the medium, there was also a different vision of the future of the game series.
However, it is not out yet for the football games. EA will continue to release it under a new name next year as EA Sports FC. The game developer has three hundred license partners through which the clubs and players are preserved in the game. However, the World Cup and the tournaments organized by FIFA are no longer in the game.
“Everything you love about our game is part of EA Sports FC. Our unique licensing portfolio of more than 19,000 players, more than 700 teams, more than 100 stadiums and 30 leagues that we have invested in for decades will still be here. In addition, the new game includes exclusive partnerships with UEFA, the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, the MLS and many more.”
FIFA itself is said to be talking with other game publishers to release their own game under the FIFA name.