EA and FIFA are parting ways, but EA will continue to make soccer/football games under the new name EA Sports FC. And the world’s biggest clubs are already lining up to join the new franchise, even without the FIFA branding.
Starting in 2023, EA’s official soccer sims will be released under the name EA Sports FC. But other than official FIFA World Cup content, EA is promising access to the same players, clubs, stadiums, and leagues FIFA is known for.
EA has already revealed that it has signed agreements with the world’s top clubs and leagues including the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, and UEFA for team licenses. And on social media, the world’s top football clubs have revealed their support for EA Sports FC.
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Top teams from across the world and in various different leagues like the Premier League and MLS have shared tweets that say “We’re in the Club” with the hashtag #EASPORTSFC, signaling their intent to sign up with EA’s renamed franchise.
The two teams competing in the upcoming Champions League Final, Real Madrid C.F. of La Liga and Liverpool FC of the Premier League both tweeted in support of EA Sports FC, as have many other top teams.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) May 10, 2022
We’re In The Club.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 10, 2022
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 10, 2022
We’re In The Club
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 10, 2022
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) May 10, 2022
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) May 10, 2022
— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) May 10, 2022
— Austin FC (@AustinFC) May 10, 2022
EA says that losing the FIFA license frees up the company from certain creative restrictions. EA is now open to allowing more creative content into its soccer sim as well as potential commercial partnerships beyond just the core football experience.
FIFA, for its part, announced plans to work with other third-party developers on new games that will use the FIFA license with plans in place for new, non-sim games this year.
FIFA 23 will be the last EA soccer-sim released under the licensing agreement and will only cover the soccer-sim aspect of the game. But it seems EA has a stable of top names ready to work alongside the rebranded EA Sports FC.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd. COYS.
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