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FIFA vows to make its own video game without help of EA Sports - The Athletic

FIFA has vowed to make its own video game after EA Sports said on Tuesday that it would no longer make titles in partnership with world football’s governing...

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FIFA has vowed to make its own video game after EA Sports said on Tuesday that it would no longer make titles in partnership with world football’s governing body.

EA has said it will continue to make football video games, but from 2023 they will come under a new banner: EA Sports FC.

It is understood high licensing costs are one of the reasons EA decided to move on from the partnership.

In response, FIFA has said it will “launch new football video games developed with third-party studios and publishers”, with the governing body’s president, Gianni Infantino, vowing in a statement that these titles would be “THE BEST”.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

But FIFA has a huge task on its hands if it wants to overhaul EA Sports as the market leader in football video games.

EA Sports made the first FIFA game in 1993 and has been in charge of the franchise ever since.

As of 2021 EA games in the FIFA series had sold over 325 million copies, while the Guinness World Records lists the series as the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world.

EA have also said they will continue to offer a realistic football experience in EA Sports FC, having signed up 19,000 athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues for future games.

They include the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and UEFA Champions League.

“We’re thankful for our many years of great partnership with FIFA,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a statement on Tuesday. “The future of global football is very bright, and fandom around the world has never been stronger.

“We have an incredible opportunity to put EA SPORTS FC at the heart of the sport, and to bring even more innovative and authentic experiences to the growing football audience.”

There will be one final EA Sports FIFA release, with the next edition — FIFA 23 — slated to go on sale after the start of the 2022-23 season in autumn.

EA say the first EA Sports FC will hit the shelves in late 2023.

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