FIFA’s popular video game series will be re-launched by EA Sports FC next year, Electronic Arts publisher said on Tuesday, ending a three-year relationship with the football management team. Launched in 1993, a generation of millions of football fans and players from all over the world grew the game and became a huge hit. But “months of nervous negotiations” between California-based Electronic Arts (EA) and FIFA’s governing body failed to end in an agreement to expand the partnership, The New York Times reported.
FIFA reportedly wants the $ 150 million it receives annually from EA to increase to $ 250 million or more.
The game has more than 150 million player accounts, according to EA, and The New York Times says it has generated more than $ 20 billion in sales over the past two years.
There have been no major changes to the way the game is expected and EA says it has retained ties with other leagues and clubs, such as UEFA, the Premier League and La Liga Spain.
However, FIFA events such as the World Cup will not be featured.
“Our vision for EA Sports FC is to create the largest and most influential football team in the world, at the center of the football fandom,” said EA director Andrew Wilson.
“For 30 years, we have been building the largest football community in the world with hundreds of players, thousands of fellow athletes, and hundreds of leagues, teams, and teams.
“EA Sports FC will be a team for all of them, and for football fans everywhere.”
FIFA was quick to respond by saying it would launch “new soccer video games developed with third-party theaters and publishers”.
“I can assure you that only a real, real game with a FIFA name will be the best available for players and football fans,” said coach Gianni Infantino.
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