A new volley has been fired by FIFA in the ongoing drama between it and EA Sports that may see the long-running soccer series forced to adopt a new name.
The statement announces the football body’s intentions in the world of gaming. “FIFA will adopt a new commercial positioning in gaming and eSports to ensure that it is best placed to make decisions that benefit all football stakeholders,” the statement reads. “FIFA is bullish and excited about the future in gaming and eSports for football, and it is clear that this needs to be a space that is occupied by more than one party controlling all rights.”
It seems FIFA are in talks with “various industry players, including developers, investors and analysts” as part of its new vision. The body says it hopes the outcome of these talks will “ensure that FIFA has a range of suitable parties with specialist capabilities to actively shape the best possible experiences and offerings for fans and consumers.”
FIFA hasn’t offered any names of any other developers or publishers at this point. However, it has said it “commits to continuing to organise skill-based eSports tournaments” under its FIFAe structure. Finally, the statement closes saying the organisation is excited about using the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women’s World Cup “as platforms to launch and integrate exciting new games and eSports offerings.”
It certainly sounds like there could be multiple new games under the FIFA banner in the future. Whether any of them will be under EA is still up for contention. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if next year’s game is FIFA 23 or EA Sports F.C. 2023