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Electronic Arts confirms FIFA split and plans to launch EA Sports FC series

Electronic Arts has confirmed that it is ending its partnership with FIFA following the release of the next entry in its long-running football series.

After FIFA 23’s release later this year, EA will begin “a new era in July 2023” with the introduction of the EA Sports FC series.

After ending its near 30-year partnership with FIFA, EA said it will launch the new franchise alongside over 300 licence partners.

“Everything you love about our games will be part of EA Sports FC – the same great experiences, modes, leagues, tournaments, clubs and athletes will be there,” said EA Sports general manager Cam Weber. “Ultimate Team, Career Mode, Pro Clubs and VOLTA Football will all be there.

“Our unique licensing portfolio of more than 19,000+ players, 700+ teams, 100+ stadiums and 30 leagues that we’ve continued to invest in for decades will still be there, uniquely in EA Sports FC. That includes exclusive partnerships with the Premier League, LaLiga, Bundesliga, Serie A, the MLS – and more to come.

“This new independent platform will bring fresh opportunity – to innovate, create and evolve,” he continued. “This is much more than just a change of symbol – as EA Sports, we’re committed to ensuring EA Sports FC is a symbol of change.

“We’re dedicated to meaningfully reinvesting in the sport, and we’re excited to work with a large and increasing number of partners to expand to new authentic experiences that bring joy, inclusivity and immersion to a global community of fans. I look forward to sharing more detail on these plans in the coming months.”

Weber said the company intends to share more details on EA Sports FC next summer.

Prior to that, EA plans to deliver its “most expansive” FIFA game yet. “We are committed to ensuring the next FIFA is our best ever, with more features, game modes, World Cup content, clubs, leagues, competitions, and players than any FIFA title before.”

EA also said the launch of EA Sport FC “will not impact any current EA Sports global football games”.

In its own statement, FIFA revealed plans to launch a rival game to EA Sports FC.

According to the footballing body, discussions are currently ongoing with “leading game publishers, media companies and investors” in regard to the development of a new FIFA simulation football game for 2024, which would directly compete with EA’s new series.

Sooner than that, multiple “non-simulation” games are already under production and will launch during the third quarter of this year, the first of which is described as “a tailored gaming experience” featuring the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

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