This year we have attended one of the most interesting changes in the world of soccer games. Konami, known for ‘Pro Evolution Soccer’, has dropped this title and instead launched ‘eFootball’, a game free to play that is already available and that, everything is said, has not started on the right foot.
‘Pro Evolution Soccer’ has gone, in principle, not to return, and it seems that the next one that will do so is’ FIFA ‘, the Electronic Arts football game whose latest edition,’FIFA 22‘hit stores at the beginning of the month. And, as EA explained in a statement, “we are exploring the idea of rename our EA SPORTS global soccer games“.
Do we take “a ‘FIFA'”?
To know the history of ‘FIFA’ we have to go back to 1993, when EA launched ‘FIFA International Soccer’ on the Mega Drive. This game, by the way, was known as ‘EA Soccer’ during its development. Since then, rare has been the year that we have not had a new ‘FIFA’. 29 games since 1994, 30 if we count ‘FIFA Mobile’ and a handful more if we count other games like ‘FIFA Street’ or the ‘FIFA Manager’.
‘FIFA’ is a huge brand, known to any football fan, but not from EA. FIFA (International Federation of Football Association in French) is the governing body of world football. It was founded in 1904 by delegates from the federations of Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain in order to unify the rules of football.
Since 1993, FIFA and Electronic Arts have worked together. Under the terms of the agreement, “EA SPORTS maintains the exclusive rights to launch action and management video games of the ‘FIFA’ brand. In addition, EA SPORTS also has the exclusive rights to launch the official video game of the FIFA World Cup, and maintains its status as a presenting partner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup. “
This is where the crumb can be. This agreement will be in force until December 31, 2022. What will happen then? It is not known, but from Electronic Arts they affirm that “we are reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is independent from the rest of our associations and official licenses in the world of football “.
In other words, we know that ‘FIFA 22’ is ‘FIFA’, but what will happen to the future ‘FIFA 23’ is left up in the air. From EA Sports they have dropped sometime they want to expand their games and reach 500 million players in the next five years.
In this expansion they contemplate “new business models and new geographies “and, although it has not been expressly mentioned that the ‘FIFA’ franchise is going to become free to play and betting on the game-as-a-service model is an option. It is, in fact, lor what Konami has done with ‘eFootball’.
Via | Electronic Arts
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