FIFA will enter the video game sector after breaking with EA Sports
Before the culmination of relations between Electronic Arts and the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), the federation explained that, for the first time, plans to launch video games in the hands of external studios and publisherswithout transferring the rights to a single partner.
Through a statement published yesterday, Wednesday, May 11, FIFA announced its plans with the FIFA video game franchise and the development of new projects that increase the supply of soccer games in the market.
The federation assured that it will continue with the FIFA franchise, although the next title FIFA 23 will be the last of the association with EA; while The edition FIFA 24 and later will be produced by outside companies and investors.
“I can assure you that the only authentic and real game that bears the FIFA name will be the best available to players and football fans. The FIFA name is the only global and original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26, and so on; the constant is the name FIFA and it will remain forever and will continue to be the best”, said Gianni Infantino, FIFA President.
Furthermore, Infantino reported that during the third quarter of this year several games outside the realm of simulators will be presentedwhere the first title will be related to this year’s World Cup.
FIFA’s strategy focuses on offering a new offer within the football video game sector and compete directly with current simulator options: Konami’s “eFootball” and EA’s EA Sports FC.
“The interactive gaming and esports sector is on a growth path and unparalleled diversification. FIFA’s strategy is to ensure that we can make the most of all future options and secure a wide range of products and opportunities for players, fans, member associations and partners,” added the FIFA President.