FIFA insists “the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available”

Following EA’s announcement that it will be ditching the FIFA brand and renaming its long-running football series EA Sports FC starting in 2023, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has responded, insisting, “the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans.”

That comes alongside FIFA’s announcement it’ll be adopting a non-exclusive licensing model for games based on its brand moving forward, and that it’s currently working with third-party studios and publishers to developer new projects. This, it says, will enable it to provide “more choice for football and gaming fans in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.”

Now that its partnership with EA is officially over, FIFA says it’s already started engaging with publishers, studios and investors to create a major new simulation football title for 2024. Before that, however, it’ll be launching a number of “non-simulation games” with the initial selection due to release in the third quarter of this year.

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