One of the most successful collaborations in the history of video games and sports is coming to an end. Electronic Arts and the International Football Federation have not reached an agreement and are terminating almost thirty years of coexistence. The last game of the FIFA series from EA Sports will be FIFA 23, which will be released on September 30, 2022. Then players will have to get used to the new name – EA Sports FC.
Difficult talks between Electronic Arts and FIFA have taken place over the past year. FIFA demanded more money for the license (more than $1 billion every 4 years), EA complained that the dictates of FIFA hindered them from developing the game. And of course, wanted to save money. As a result, no one compromised and the companies parted ways.
The last official FIFA 23 tournament was to be the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18, 2022), but the deal was extended to the 2023 FIFA World Cup (July 20 – August 20, 2023). After this Electronic Arts has to come up with tournaments on their own.
But more than 19,000 players, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and 30 leagues from around the world will remain with the future EA Sports FC through personal contracts with leagues, teams and players.
The collaboration between Electronic Arts and FIFA began 29 years ago, when FIFA International Soccer was released in 1993. Over the past 20 years, the FIFA Games have attracted more than 150 million players and generated more than $20 billion in sales.
FIFA 23 will be released on September 30, 2022 on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and Stadia.