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The beautiful game 2.0: how Fifa 17 taught real football a lesson

The Guardian

This year, a Fifa football tournament took place that included no superstar players or teams from the global sport; in fact, there was no pitch and no ball. Despite these disadvantages, live coverage of the final was shown in more than 100 countries to an audience of about 5 million and generated 40m comments on Facebook and Twitter. That's how sporting success is measured nowadays. The event was the Fifa Interactive World Cup, an annual e-sports competition, featuring the world's best gamers, competing in the multimillion-selling Fifa computer game series. For a growing number of fans, these teen and 20-something cyber athletes are a new kind of star in international football, securing their own lucrative sponsorship deals and attracting huge numbers of viewers to their official channels on YouTube and Twitch, a live streaming service.

Electronic Arts ditches Fifa for future football games

The Guardian

Electronic Arts has announced that it will cease making Fifa-branded football games next year. From 2023, the series will continue under a new brand, EA Sports FC. In a press release on the decision, EA stated that licensing deals remain in place with 19,000 players, 700 teams, and more than 30 leagues from around the world, as well as with UEFA, which means the Champions League will still be a part of the game, although the World Cup will not. The Fifa titles have been an annual fixture in game charts since the release of 1993's Fifa International Soccer on the Sega Mega Drive. Since then the titles have sold more than 325m copies around the world, dominating the football simulation market and seeing off competitors such as Actua Soccer and Pro Evolution Soccer. The possibility of a split between Electronic Arts and Fifa was first reported by the New York Times last October when it was claimed that Fifa was looking to double its licensing fee to $1bn.

E-made it

BBC News

Former Brazilian footballer Wendell Lira will never forget the day he beat Lionel Messi. It was a split second in front of the goalkeeper in a match in Brazil's lower league that changed Lira's life forever. Only 342 people were in the stadium that night for Goianesia v Atletico Goianiense, but Lira's superb goal captured on video travelled the world and became a hit, winning 2015's Fifa Puskas Award for the most beautiful goal scored in 2015. Lira was soon hired by a bigger football club and his career seemed on the rise. But in a turn of events he decided to retire from the sport at the age of 27, and is now playing video games instead.

EA will stop using FIFA's name in its soccer games next year


Electronic Arts is calling it quits with FIFA after nearly 30 years of using the soccer governing body's name in the titles of its games. FIFA 23 will be the last EA game with that branding when it arrives later this year. Starting in 2023, the annual soccer games will use the moniker "EA Sports FC" instead. More info about the first title in the revamped series will be revealed in July 2023. Other than the rebranding, the EA Sports FC games may not be vastly different from what fans are used to in the long run. EA still holds licenses for more than 300 soccer partners and has exclusive agreements with the likes of the Premier League, MLS, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A. You can expect next year's title to still have more than 19,000 players, 700 teams, north of 100 stadiums and 30 leagues.

EA Sports Might Lose 'FIFA,' and That's Not So Bad


FIFA, the video game, is at war with FIFA, the soccer organization. Game publisher Electronic Arts is considering a generic alternative for its 28-year-old, $20 billion franchise, after licensing talks reportedly stalled over a seven-figure fee. EA's current contract to license the FIFA name is up at the end of the 2022 World Cup next December, and the company has yet to reach a new agreement. Negotiations between the two sides have been ongoing for two years, reports the New York Times. The main sticking point is money: The Times reports that FIFA wants to more than double the amount of money it gets from EA, to more than $1 billion for each four-year World Cup cycle.