EA’s soccer simulators have dominated the field for more than a decade, almost always beating its great rival Pro Evolution Soccer, especially in terms of sales and popularity. The relationship between FIFA and EA has always been a success story, but it looks like the marriage is coming to an end, with the football federation issuing a statement saying that future games “must” involve more than one studio.
In a statement, FIFA was optimistic about the future of gaming and esports, although it leaves criticism to the current state of the segment of football simulators, dominated by EA.
FIFA is bullish and optimistic about its long-term future in gaming and eSports following a comprehensive and strategic assessment of the gaming and interactive entertainment market
Technology and mobile companies are now actively competing to be associated with FIFA, its platforms, and global tournaments.
Consequently, FIFA engages with various industry players, including developers, investors, and analysts, to build out a long-term view of the gaming, eSports, and interactive entertainment sectors.
The outcome will ensure that FIFA has a range of suitable parties with specialist capabilities to actively shape the best possible experiences and offerings for fans and consumers.
This does not necessarily mean the end of the EA franchise, as the studio negotiates to license individually with clubs and leagues, having recently renewed its partnership with FIFPRO. The agreement with the association of professional football players means that EA has secured the right to use the image of thousands of players around the world.
The biggest impact this divorce is likely to have is EA’s new franchise name. After FIFA demanded the payment of one billion dollars every four years to use its name, EA responded that it was considering dropping the partnership, having already registered the name EA Sports FC.
FIFA’s statements also open the door to greater competition from other studios. EA’s only real competition is eFootball, formerly known as Pro Evolution Soccer and which had a disastrous launch, leaving the goal completely open for the great rival.
Whatever happens, the truth is that just two franchises have played the soccer simulator championship for a long time. Recently, there were announcements of new competitors, the UFL and the GOALS, both still in an embryonic state of development and that in the future may come to stir up the fight for the championship. Until then, we still have many journeys ahead.