EA investigating the unthinkable: changing the course of FIFA

When it comes to football games, EA has had a firm grip over its competitor Konami for years. Pro Evolution Soccer – or eFootball, as of this year – never really made it into the penalty area. In the meanwhile, EA merely has to print the name FIFA and a year on the box art, and it’ll sell instantaneously. You’d be a fool to make drastic changes to a successful formula like that, right? Well, EA begs to differ.

Whoa whoa, wait a second there, EA! Changes? Your player base isn’t ready for changes! Don’t worry, EA is merely thinking of them at this point. According to this statement, the publisher is considering the option of dropping the name FIFA. So yeah, big change, but not that big.

“Through years of building our global franchise, we also know that authenticity is essential to the experience. That’s why we focus so much energy on the collective strength of over 300 individual licensed partners that give us access to 17,000+ athletes across 700+ teams, in 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues around the world. We continually invest in the partnerships and licenses that are most meaningful to players, and because of that, our game is the only place you can authentically play in the iconic UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, Premier League, Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander, among many others. The breadth of our partnerships and our ecosystem of licensed content will enable us to continue to bring unrivaled authenticity in our EA SPORTS football games, now and for many years to come.

As we look ahead, we’re also exploring the idea of renaming our global EA SPORTS football games. This means we’re reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all our other official partnerships and licenses across the football world.”

If EA follows through – and that’s a big if at this point – you won’t have to worry about losing much. As the statement says, the FIFA license is separated from the others. This means you won’t have to deal with crackhead versions of famous players, bearing slightly off names. Sorry, Crostiani Rondalo…