FIFA has suggested it is open to working with new video game companies in what is seen as a direct attack on EA’s attitude towards the football governing body of late.
In a statement titled “FIFA to expand its gaming and esports portfolio,” the governing body said it was “upbeat and optimistic about its long-term future in games and esports following a comprehensive and strategic assessment of the interactive games and entertainment market. ”.
First spotted by VGC, the statement continues that “the future of gaming and esports for football players must involve more than one party controlling and exploiting all rights”, suggesting that FIFA no longer wants EA to be its only option when it comes to gaming.
The statement goes on to explain that “FIFA is engaging with various industry players, including developers, investors and analysts, to establish a long-term vision for the gaming, esports and entertainment industry. interactive entertainment “.
The news comes after a busy few weeks between the two companies, with EA saying earlier this month that its popular football series could change its name.
In a press release, he said the company “is considering the idea of renaming our EA SPORTS global football games”, which also means “reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA.”
Following this news, a New York Times report suggested that talks between EA and FIFA over licensing the brand have stalled.
In other FIFA news, it was recently revealed that purchases made in the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) portion of the game are mostly made with coins which cannot be purchased with real money.