End of an era: Months after EA suggested changing the name of its iconic football sim series in a feud with FIFA, it’s now official. FIFA has already responded with plans that threaten to change the football video game landscape.

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EA this week announced that FIFA 23 will be the last football simulation game to bear the name of the sport’s global governing body. Next year’s game will be called EA’s new name, registered last year, EA Sports FC. This change will allow EA to add more to their football games, but didn’t mention specifics.

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Despite dropping the FIFA name, the publisher maintains deals with many other football leagues, teams, players and brands, including the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and MLS. The company promises that its future games will retain all content and modes from recent FIFA releases, with the exception of World Cup content every four years.

Last October, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said that FIFA’s licensing limited what its developers could put into their games. He said, for example, that it would not allow game modes beyond 11v11 or a licensing agreement with Nike. To that end, the announcement mentions that EA has entered into a new partnership with Nike. Publisher indicated in an interview with the BBC, it is said that without the FIFA licensing restrictions, EA Sports FC can offer more branded in-game content, host live game events and stream real matches.

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Money is also possible played role in the breakup. According to reports, FIFA demanded more than $1 billion from EA every four years.

In response to EA FIFA statement promised other FIFA branded products from other gaming companies. The organization said that its contract with EA, ending in 2022, only covers simulation games and that it has non-sim games from other developers scheduled for this year. The organization also wants to start working with other sim game publishers in 2024.

The FIFA president claims that these four letters are the defining mark of the authenticity of football games.

“The FIFA title is the only global original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26 and so on – the constant is the name of FIFA, and it will remain forever and will remain the BEST,” said President Gianno Infantino. .

It’s unclear who else could be working with FIFA to compete with EA. The only other major football sim for PC and consoles is Konami’s eFootball. restore from a catastrophic launch.

We should hear more details about EA Sports FC next year.