EA sports has ended their partnership with FIFA, which has been in place for almost twenty years.
The Electronic Arts and Fifa partnership has come to an end. It was just recently announced after the FIFA 22 release that EA Sports and FIFA will no longer maintain their exclusive partnership, after three decades of astronomical success. The game was first released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and has since been released for over 15 different platforms. As of May 2015, FIFA games have achieved global sales of over 100 million units. EA has also released an annual game in the series since 1993 called FIFA Soccer. When it comes to sports video games, the EA FIFA soccer franchise drives the most sales and popularity, but things are about to change next year. FIFA set their new price to a grueling $1 billion dollars for their license over 4 years, which is more than double what EA had been previously paying in their agreement. Electronic Arts will still have the ability to produce soccer video games, but the franchise will not be the same after losing their licensing permissions from FIFA. There is plenty of buzz and speculation around whether FIFA will partner with a new video game developer in time for a 2022-2023 release, but nothing has yet to be confirmed.
The news that Electronic Arts and FIFA have ended their partnership is a major blow to the esports community. EA Sports was the company that made the FIFA series, and they ended the partnership because of their disagreements with FIFA.