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EA's FIFA Series to be Renamed to EA Sports FC in 2023

EA's FIFA Series to be Renamed to EA Sports FC in 2023 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 May 2022 / 1,239 Views

Electronic Arts announced it is renaming its FIFA series of games starting 2023 to EA Sports FC.

This name change ends a partnership EA has had with FIFA since 1993's FIFA International Soccer. The Final EA Sports FIFA game will launch this Fall.

“Our vision for EA Sports FC is to create the largest and most impactful football club in the world, at the epicenter of football fandom," said Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson. "For nearly 30 years, we’ve been building the world’s biggest football community – with hundreds of millions of players, thousands of athlete partners, and hundreds of leagues, federations, and teams. EA Sports FC will be the club for every one of them, and for football fans everywhere."

He added, "We’re thankful for our many years of great partnership with FIFA. The future of global football is very bright, and fandom around the world has never been stronger. We have an incredible opportunity to put EA SPORTS FC at the heart of the sport, and to bring even more innovative and authentic experiences to the growing football audience."

Read details on EA Sports FC below:

EA Sports FC will be the platform for EA to innovate, create, and grow new experiences. It will bring more areas of the sport to life, and harness the collective strength of more than 150 million players across EA Sports’ global football games—and reach hundreds of millions of new fans in the years to come.

EA Sports FC brings the strength of more than 300 individual licensed partners, giving players access to more than 19,000 athletes across 700 teams, in 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues around the world. Through EA Sports FC, EA will further grow the reach and power of its football licensing portfolio by retaining and expanding the licensed football content, scaling to new experiences, and increasing access through more platforms. EA will also build on a foundation of inclusivity and innovate in new areas around both women’s and grassroots football for the global community.

The introduction of EA Sports FC will not impact any current EA Sports global football games, and EA and FIFA are excited to deliver the greatest, most expansive EA Sports FIFA ever later this fall. Our final FIFA product will also include more game modes, features, teams, leagues, players, and competitions than any previous edition. Fans will be able to experience these innovations across the full EA Sports FIFA ecosystem including FIFA MobileFIFA Online 4, and eSports.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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29 Comments
Kneetos (on 10 May 2022)

I'll be playing mario strikers by then
And at least that game will still be relevant for more then 1 year

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Kakadu18 (on 10 May 2022)

Crappy name.

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Ka-pi96 (on 11 May 2022)

Shit name. Should've just called it EA Football or something. Actually why not just call the game Ultimate Team? It's the main game mode for the series now anyway, and is already massively associated with it.

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Giggity_goo (on 10 May 2022)

so make billions in card packs but dont want to spend few million on renewing the licence

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Ka-pi96 Giggity_goo (on 11 May 2022)

150m per year is more than a "few".

Plus they'll still make billions in card packs. It will cost less to make but it likely won't affect revenue at all.

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DonFerrari (on 10 May 2022)

Seems like they want to save money and think they are big enough to not need Fifa name. Let's see what will come out of it.

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twintail DonFerrari (on 10 May 2022)

They don't need the FIFA name though. Licensing the FIFA name is literally only to say' FIFA' and 'World Cup'. I'm pretty sure the vast majority of ppl playing FIFA don't care about the name (because soccer/ football are universal names for all the associated sport events) and because what ppl want are the teams and players (which has nothing to do with the FIFA license)

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DonFerrari twintail (on 11 May 2022)

If that was truly the case EA wouldn't be paying millions for it for so long. And well MLB would drop the paying as well to keep cheaper and single platform.
The name of Fifa, teams, etc are all important to improve sales.

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Ka-pi96 DonFerrari (on 11 May 2022)

It is the case. It was probably a case of don't fix what isn't broken for so long. Plus Pro Evo used to actually be a threat. Why risk changing things when you actually have a legit competitor?

MLB can't drop the licence because that's the actual league licence, they need it for teams/players. That would be like dropping the Premier League licence (which would cost EA millions in sales!
If you want to compare to baseball, the equivalent would be paying for the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) licence. Have you even heard of them before? I hadn't.

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twintail DonFerrari (on 11 May 2022)

This requires a pretty lengthy answer, so I'll do my best:
1) FIFA has been the brand of their game for many years. No one wants to get rid of a brand name. But clearly, FIFA is asking for something EA knows isn't worth it.

And why not? Their only competitor is eFootball, and Konami shot themselves in the foot with that. No one is going to build a substantial football game by the time EA Sports FC launches.

2) FIFA is licensing for name only. The leagues and players are all separate licenses. These are clearly the money maker licenses, as evident by the fact that PES got wiped off the gaming consciousness because Konami couldn't secure the same licenses.

3) FIFA is an irrelevant name. Think about conversations in sports relating to baseball, basketball and then football. Leagues are what are always mentioned. ppl will specifically call out MLB and NBA and the Champions League. No one will say FIFA in an actual conversation. In fact, I'm almost certain that no one actually says 'are you going to watch the next FIFA world cup?" It'll always be soccer or football WC.

4) Like Ka-pi96 said: the MLB license is in fact important because without it you get nothing.

FIFA just happens to be one of those organisations which is connected to a sport so universally loved and accepted, that the sport itself has transcended the organisation itself.
EA is going to be perfectly fine. And they'll save a pretty penny at the same time.

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DonFerrari twintail (on 11 May 2022)

Pretty fair answer, but you could basically summarized to the 1st point. They are going out of the name because whatever benefits the name and brand brought them doesn't overtake the costs and possible demands Fifa is making of them.

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The Fury (on 10 May 2022)

Expected up to this point. EA have said over that they want to expand the FIFA brand name in terms of gaming and FIFA said "No, make football games." So EA are doing it themselves. Now, I guess what is more interesting is who and where the FIFA licence goes and who makes the games.

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dane007 The Fury (on 10 May 2022)

Hope pes grabs it

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twintail The Fury (on 10 May 2022)

Considering how little it gets you, and how expensive it is to get (not including building up a game from scratch). I imagine not many publishers, if any, are all that interested.

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dane007 twintail (on 11 May 2022)

They should go back in providing a full game with fifa funding. Not the current one with seasons update

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twintail dane007 (on 11 May 2022)

They still need to pay for the individual teams and player likeness. This is what football fans actually want.

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dane007 twintail (on 11 May 2022)

Pes has better graphics and I is a more realistic football aim than fifa. They always lacked the license and the likeness of the team as ea owned most of it

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Ka-pi96 dane007 (on 11 May 2022)

Why would they get FIFA funding? Why would FIFA go from demanding 150m per year from EA for the licence, to actually paying Konami to take it? That makes no sense.

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dane007 Ka-pi96 (on 11 May 2022)

Because fifa was the only really big football game that made alot of money. Any one that gets fifa funding will take time to get big like fifa. Fifa will understand that

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Ka-pi96 dane007 (on 12 May 2022)

??? I don't understand. Why would any one get "FIFA funding"? FIFA aren't going to pay a developer to make the game. It works the other way around, the developer has to pay FIFA to use their licence.

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dane007 Ka-pi96 (on 12 May 2022)

They can give them the licences at a lower fee to allow them to grow big like ea as that's what pes was lacking and still lacking. Cause if they still demand that high fee like they did for ea, they won't get anyone to use their license for the game as apart from fifa, pes is only next popular soccer game.

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Ka-pi96 dane007 (on 12 May 2022)

They won't grow big though. Pro Evo failed compared to FIFA primarily because a lot of the biggest teams/players are fake. Getting the FIFA licence wouldn't change that.

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dane007 Ka-pi96 (on 12 May 2022)

Why wouldn't it? Pes has a much better gameplay than fifa. Its a more realistic style of football gameplay and even their ai is better than fifa. Just lacked license. I believe it will work but time will tell

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Ka-pi96 dane007 (on 13 May 2022)

I literally just said why.

They'll still have fake teams/players. Nobody wants to play a football game with fake teams/players.

You realise the FIFA licence doesn't include any rights to use any players, teams or leagues, right? It literally just lets them use the FIFA name and the FIFA World Cup name. That's it. Just those 2 names.

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dane007 Ka-pi96 (on 13 May 2022)

Pes doesn't have many fake players but they have them which is why fifa license will help them in that aspect.

I am sure they can provide funding for the studio to get the rights from ea. I guess time will tell. We just have to see

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twintail dane007 (on 13 May 2022)

I'm not sure I follow.

You're saying that FIFA should lower their licensing for a new studio to make a game?

But that studio still needs to build a soccer game from scratch most likely, and they'll still need to get the league, team and player licenses for at least the major championships around the world.

FIFA can't give them that, or even help them get those for lower.

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dane007 twintail (on 13 May 2022)

I mean lower it for pes until they build up their brand. They already have the foundation for a soccer brand. They know how to make a good soccer game and they have an establish fans. They just need to increase which I believe fifa licensing will do wonders for them.

Pes has some of those but not all cause ea prevented most of them to be used hence why they had fake players. Having fifa license will help pes in that regard as that's was the main negative about their game.

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Ka-pi96 dane007 (on 13 May 2022)

"Having fifa license will help pes" no, it won't.
I said this before and you don't seem to be understanding. The FIFA licence comes with NO teams/players. None, at all.

EA prevented them from using real stuff because they have exclusive agreements with those leagues/teams/players. They're entirely separate licences from the FIFA licence. EA still have all of those agreements, so it changes nothing for Konami.

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KrspaceT (on 10 May 2022)

This rumor's returned, and as the truth.

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