FIFA 23 could be the last game of the franchise EA Sports get to release. Since it first appeared, FIFA has been a huge success, but it could come to an end next year due to a licensing problem between FIFA and EA Sports.
According to various media outlets, Andrew Wilson (EA’s CEO) confided in his colleagues that licensing with FIFA is a problem that prevents the further growth of EA Sports. He went on to explain that the company wasn’t allowed to develop the game to suit the needs of its players.
With the gaming industry and e-sports on the rise worldwide, this could be a major step for the company. However, anonymous sources have reported that the management of EA Sports emphasizes the fact that the FIFA brand itself is more famous than the licensing body itself.
Following the EA’s media statement, the company explained their thoughts on not renewing the license after 30 years of cooperation, thus ending one of the biggest franchises in gaming history. The statement emphasized the company’s determination to continue making cutting-edge gaming experiences for soccer fans worldwide.
Shortly after, FIFA released a statement of their own, claiming that it’s their intention to be more actively included in the gaming world. Furthermore, they hinted at the fact that they’ll make their own game independently from EA.
Being a major regulatory body, FIFA announced big plans that involve cooperation with various tech giants, developers, and investors. As stated, this will form a firm basis for the creation of long-term commercial positioning of FIFA inside the eSports sector.