The American firm Electronic Arts Sports will stop manufacturing its famous video game FIFA, as revealed by the The New York Times.
The video game publisher thus disconnects the association it has had for 29 years with FIFA. It all comes after soccer’s governing body requested ‘$1 billion for licensing rights’. In addition, it will launch its own Fortnite-style gaming service
The move comes after months of tense negotiations.
Their 29-year partnership was scheduled to end after this year’s World Cup in Qatar, but has now been adjusted to continue with the Women’s World Cup next summer, according to the US outlet.
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EA CEO Andrew Wilson promised that the latest game will be the biggest yet. However, once it’s over, the video game giant plans to launch EA Sports FC in 2023an interactive way of playing in collaboration with more than 300 players around the world.
“It was really about how can we do more for the players, more for the fans, how can we offer them more ways to play, how can we bring more partners into the game and how can we expand beyond the limits,” said the EA CEO.
It is expected that the new game will not be too strange for the millions of FIFA video game players around the world, as many of the most famous football clubs and stars will continue to be used due to separate licensing agreements with their teams and leagues. . But major FIFA events such as the World Cup will not be included.
Shares of EA, which is expected to report its quarterly results after markets close on Tuesday, fell nearly 3 percent in afternoon trading on the news. (I)