We now have a clue why EA Sports is considering changing the name of FIFA, its huge soccer franchise.
The New York Times reports that there is a dispute between EA, the developer of the FIFA games, and FIFA, the global football organization. The disagreements reportedly relate to costs and new sources of revenue.
A new report in @New York Times notes that the EA-FIFA dispute is related to costs and new revenue streams
FIFA wants to charge EA double the amount (more than $ 1 billion every 4 years) for the license and limit EA’s ability to monetize beyond the game itself pic.twitter.com/hZ9YnOZDMN
– Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) October 13, 2021
According to the report, FIFA plans to charge EA $ 1 billion every four years to use the FIFA license in their game. In addition, the organization wants to limit EA monetization of the game.
FIFA wants to limit EA’s ability to make money to what can be found in the game. EA plans to explore monetization, “current game highlights, arena video game tournaments, and digital products like NFTs,” says the New York Times.
Last week EA said it was considering the idea of renaming EA Sports soccer games. EA also says that the FIFA partnership is different from their other official partnerships, meaning that losing FIFA would not mean losing official team and player names. The license only gives EA the name, the logo and the rights to use the World Cup within the game.
A decision seems to be made by the end of the year. EA has already registered “EA Sports FC” as a trademark, which could end up being the new name of the franchise if EA and FIFA can’t come to an agreement.
We called this year’s edition, FIFA 22, “good” in our review and said, “Microtransactions are still big, but small iterative changes and the horsepower of new generation consoles make FIFA 22 like a worthwhile upgrade without anything revolutionary to need or terribly exciting on EA’s part. “
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.