The FIFA Franchise has become one of the mainstays of the sports simulation video game genre since first arriving to consoles in 1993. Since then, they’ve become a yearly fixture and routinely put out extra games, like FIFA World Cup or FIFA Street to supplement the usual flow of annual updates.
Still hosting over 65 million games played each week, it’s safe to say that FIFA is as popular a series as its ever been, producing regular releases that never fail to to entertain. EA Sports has stockpiled a wide variety of exclusivity licenses to keep leagues like the Barclay’s Premier League, Spanish La Liga and Major League Soccer away from video game rivals Pro Evolution Soccer, which all helps secure the series’ prospects going forward.
With yet another decade of FIFA rights, those prospects are even stronger. EA Sports executive vice president Andrew Wilson, spoke excitedly of the renewed licensing extension:
“EA SPORTS released the first FIFA-branded soccer game in 1993, and 20 years later our partnership with FIFA continues to be very strong. Our franchise has become the benchmark for quality and innovation in the sports videogame genre, and we look forward to many more years of connecting with consumers around the world with our games carrying the prestigious FIFA name.”
This update should come as no surprise to those who follow the gaming marketplace, though these kind of long-lasting licensing decisions are never taken lightly. EA Sports is without question the largest sports video game producer in the world, but every battle begins with the task of licensing these real players, leagues and countries that fans want to play as in-game.
To keep things from growing stale, EA Sports is focusing on vastly improved physics and artificial intelligence this year, in an effort to make for even more realistic and flowing virtual football.
With FIFA 14 due out this October, fans of the fast-selling sports franchise can rest assured that their yearly installment of FIFA will come for a minimum of 8 more years – though we have a feeling it will continue far beyond that.
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Source: Electronic Arts