Video game fans have just suffered terrible news as it has been confirmed that FIFA 22 will be the last game of the saga, due to the million-dollar demanded by FIFA to Electronic Arts. So now everyone is wondering, what is EA Sports FC?
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The news fell like a bucket of cold water on those who have been dedicated to E-Sports and have specialized in this popular saga since now, the company Electronic Arts has decided to close its popular franchise.
How much was the millionaire figure FIFA was asking for from the video game company?
According to The New York Times, FIFA was asking for more than one billion dollars for every four years of license to Electronic Arts, for using the license of the organization that governs world soccer, so the video game company decided to end its relationship with the Federation.
After more than two years of negotiations, Electronic Arts and FIFA will end their million-dollar business relationship right after the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar in 2022, so after the end of the tournament, the popular video game saga will be officially over.
Thus comes to an end a relationship that had lasted 29 years since it was in 1993 when the first installment of this popular franchise until 2020, had 30.4 million players around the world.
The company had a strong competitor in the other sports saga Pro Evolution Soccer, which in 2020 also changed its name to eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020.
Due to its popularity, the video game triggered a whole euphoria in the video game environment for soccer and was even the seedbed of the E-Sports movement, a business that currently moves millions of dollars around the world.
The money paid by EA Sports to FIFA for its license allowed the videogame company to use the names, logos, kits, and official stadiums of the main clubs in the world.
In this way, millions of gamers could play with their favorite teams and win national and international titles with their favorite players. However, this has come to an end.
What is EA Sports FC?
As of 2023, the popular video game saga will be called EA Sports FC and neither the game mechanics nor the licenses that the video game company already owns will change.
But without FIFA, what licenses can EA Sports work with? It turns out that the company still has among its licenses the Premier League, Bundesliga, UEFA, and Conmebol, federations whose representatives have said that they will continue to work with Electronic Arts.
Therefore, EA Sports will only lose all those licenses related exclusively to FIFA and FIFPRO.