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EA Reportedly Renaming FIFA to EA Sports FC

EA Reportedly Renaming FIFA to EA Sports FC - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2022 / 2,401 Views

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson previously stated he believes the company would be better off ending its license with FIFA. He said the license has been "an impediment" for EA's ambitions for the football/soccer series. 

VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb in the latest episode of the Giant Bomb show GrubbSnax and reported by ResetEra claims EA will be renaming its FIFA franchise when the current licensing deal expires with this year's release.

Grubb claims EA will rename the series to EA Sports FC, while FIFA will develop and release its own football games. FC stands for football club.

FIFA Could be Renamed to EA Sports FC, Suggests Trademark Filings

EA last year filed a trademark for EA Sports FC with UK’s Intellectual Property Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

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SanAndreasX (on 25 March 2022)

Different name, same old shit.

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Hiku (on 25 March 2022)

Looking forward to characters like Pessi, Fonaldo, and David Duckham.

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Kynes Hiku (on 25 March 2022)

AFAIK they have the FIFPRO license, which is that of the players' union, and of the world's major leagues. They are not going to have to use fake names.

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Hiku Kynes (on 25 March 2022)

Aww, I was hoping to see a return of the International Superstar Soccer days. Though I didn't seriously expect it. ;)

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SanAndreasX Kynes (on 25 March 2022)

Sounds like Madden 64, where they had the NFLPA, but they had teams like “Foxborough” (New England Patriots).

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Hiku SanAndreasX (on 26 March 2022)

Good times.

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2zosteven Hiku (on 25 March 2022)

love it!

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VAMatt (on 25 March 2022)

This should mean at least one new entrant in the soccer/football space, as somebody will damn sure license the FIFA name.

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Azzanation (on 28 March 2022)

Curious, now they dont have to pay billions for the name, which is why you would think they heavily infested their games with MTs and minimal effort in sequels, maybe now they might put some actual work into the series... nah its EA.

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Darwinianevolution (on 26 March 2022)

Don't they need FIFA's license to get all of the recognisable football teams and footballers? Most of the sales FIFA games come from brand recognition.

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Ka-pi96 (on 26 March 2022)

It's a terrible name.

I can understand ditching the FIFA name, no point throwing money down the toilet for nothing, but it's just not a good replacement. FIFA's just easy to say, ya know. Like "hey, wanna play some FIFA?" super easy. "Wanna play some EA Sports FC" is too much of a mouthful and just sounds stupid.

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LittleCloud (on 26 March 2022)

What's the news story? That exact name has already been reported last October when EA filed for that trademark.

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S.Peelman (on 25 March 2022)

EA has ambitions?

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Salnax S.Peelman (on 26 March 2022)

Currently, they have a really big pile of money.

They're hoping to make it a really, REALLY big pile of money.

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The Fury (on 25 March 2022)

Cool, I don't even play sports sims but will look forward to see whatever game FIFA do produce in the future without EA's attachment. Might shake up the genre a bit.

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SecondWar (on 25 March 2022)

Even though there will more competition now even after the practical demise of PES, I don’t hold out any belief that either EA Sports FC or any new FIFA series with bring any major change to this genre.

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2zosteven (on 25 March 2022)

maybe sony or microsoft can get the rights and make a new game

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SecondWar 2zosteven (on 25 March 2022)

More likely Take-Two for FIFA 2K.

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2zosteven SecondWar (on 25 March 2022)

can you imagine Microsoft picking it up as an exclusive?

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LittleCloud 2zosteven (on 26 March 2022)

Let's not lie to ourselves: It'll be Tencent.

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twintail 2zosteven (on 25 March 2022)

I can't see anyone wasting money on getting FIFA rights. If EA is not willing to pay the fee just to have FIFA branding (and that's all you get, nothing else), why would any other studio do so?

No one else is going to put in the time and investment to create a football game that even remotely matches the scale and history of EA's Fifa series. And no one is going to then pay for rights to teams/ players (not included in this FIFA license)

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