Every year, millions of video game fans buy and play FIFA and spend even more money on game expansions through Ultimate Team.
FIFA is the greatest soccer game on the planet and one of the most popular video games of any genre on all consoles as well as PC.
As a result, it brings in billions of dollars every year to publisher Electronic Arts (EA), with much of that revenue coming from the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) game mode.
How much money does EA make each year from FIFA?
In its annual report, EA confirmed that it made $ 1.6 billion (£ 1.1 billion) from game sales from April 2020 to March 2021.
This amount was eclipsed by their “Live Services and Other” revenues, which amounted to $ 4 billion over the same 12 months.
The Live Services & Other category includes income from additional game add-ons such as Ultimate Team, which is the most popular game mode in FIFA.
The annual report does not give exact figures for every video game, but confirms in the statement that “FIFA 21 has over 25 million console / PC players” while “FIFA Ultimate Team players increased by 16% d ‘year over year and FUT matches were up 180%. “
How much money does Ultimate Team make?
In its annual report for 2020, EA confirmed that Ultimate Team made more than $ 1.62 billion (£ 1.15 billion).
This is the total revenue for all Ultimate Team modes in EA’s catalog, Ultimate Team appearing in FIFA, Madden, NHL, NBA, and UFC games.
Ultimate Team accounts for 29% of EA’s total revenue and has grown significantly year over year, with the game mode grossing $ 775 million (£ 550 million) in 2017.
In its annual report, EA confirmed the numbers and said the majority of Ultimate Team’s revenue came from FIFA:
“Our most popular live service is additional content purchased for Ultimate Team mode associated with our sports franchises.
“Ultimate Team allows players to bring together current and former professional players to build and compete as a custom team.
“Net revenue from sales of additional content for Ultimate Team was $ 1,491 million, $ 1,369 million and $ 1,180 million in fiscal 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively, of which a substantial portion came from FIFA. Ultimate Team. “
How much money does FIFA make from the FIFA video game?
For the first time in history, the governing body of world football, FIFA, made more money from video games than from football in 2020.
FIFA’s financial statements for 2020 show that more than half of its revenue for the year came from licensing fees.
In 2020, FIFA made $ 158.9million (£ 114.4million) from license fees and had total revenue of $ 266.5million (£ 191.9million) sterling).
Part of the reason for this high percentage for the year was a drop in other income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with FIFA confirming this in its official income statement:
“Due to the lack of tournaments played in 2020, the sale of the license rights, amounting to $ 159 million, produced the lion’s share of the revenue generated and was significantly 24% above budget.
“A key source of revenue in the area of licensing rights was the trademark license for video games. Unlike the many economic sectors that have been hit hard by Covid-19, the video game industry has proven to be much more resilient to the pandemic. “