Football’s governing body FIFA has reiterated its commitment to the game despite talks about a split from EA Sports.
The developer has produced the incredibly successful video game series that has gone by the FIFA name for almost 30 years, with the latest iteration, FIFA 22, recently released on major consoles, mobiles and PCs.
But he is now revising his rights agreement with FIFA amid reports of a fee increase for the link, with the title “EA Sports FC” registered as a new trademark.
FIFA, however, has now described talks with several parties to continue its involvement in the games and the increasingly lucrative eSports industry – which has particularly strengthened around FIFA games.
It remains to be seen whether this will be with an existing series or a new series, after a statement Friday insisted the body is “bullish” on its outlook.
He said: “FIFA will adopt a new business positioning in games and eSports to ensure that it is in the best position to make decisions that benefit all stakeholders in football.
“FIFA is optimistic and excited about the future of games and eSports for football, and it is clear that this must be a space occupied by more than one party controlling all rights.
“Technology and mobile companies are now actively competing to be associated with FIFA, its platforms and global tournaments.
“Therefore, FIFA engages with various industry players, including developers, investors and analysts, to establish a long-term vision for the gaming, esports and interactive entertainment industry.”
FIFA also said that the upcoming World Cup and the Women’s World Cup will be used as opportunities to launch “exciting new games and eSports offerings”.