FIFA looking to sideline EA as relationship reaches all-time low

EA and FIFA – once BFFs – are no longer the power couple they used to be. Ever since EA acknowledged that it might drop the FIFA license, the relationship has gone mighty cold. But two can play that game. That’s why FIFA has come out with a statement of its own, saying EA can pretty much suck it. Well, not in those exact words, but it pretty much boils down to that.

In fact, FIFA basically gives EA the finger without actually naming them. On FIFA’s website, the company explains that it’s looking towards the future, mentioning that the FIFA brand shouldn’t be controlled by one party. That one party is obviously EA. FIFA is even openly admitting that they’re already engaging with developers to build a long-term of the gaming sector.

“FIFA is bullish and excited about the future in gaming and eSports for football, and it is clear that this needs to be a space that is occupied by more than one party controlling all rights.

Technology and mobile companies are now actively competing to be associated with FIFA, its platforms, and global tournaments.

Consequently, FIFA is engaging with various industry players, including developers, investors and analysts, to build out a long-term view of the gaming, eSports and interactive entertainment sector.”

Well, if that isn’t an obvious counterattack, I don’t know what is. At least this gives Konami another chance at fixing that dumpster fire called eFootball. So I guess the goal is now wide open and the option to score has never been that easy. Then again, a dev transfer probably won’t come cheap. EA was asked to pay 2.5 billion dollars for a ten-year deal. But hey, you might get a discount.

EA’s current agreement expires after next year’s world cup in Qatar, so if you’re up for it, you have until then to decide.