EA Games is considering changing the name of the most popular football game in the world, FIFA.
The most popular football video game FIFA might undergo a name change
The most popular video game might change its name according to the company officials.
Cam Weber, EA Sports’ executive manager made a statement on this subject on Thursday: “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.”
Weber mentioned the 300 other licensors EA pays to provide the FIFA franchise its real-world authenticity in the preceding passage, including over 17,000 players, UEFA Champions League and all the top-tier EU Leagues like Premier League.
The term “FIFA” has nothing to do with it. EA Sports has been paying only for the game title.
Weber declined to reveal whether EA Sports would consider a name change. He only said EA is “here to create the best experiences for football fans everywhere. To do that, we start by listening to our players.”
He also talked about the vision of the company: “We hear consistently that what matters most is growing the global community, creating innovative football experiences across new platforms, a commitment to every level of the sport including grassroots, and accelerating the elevation of the women’s game. As a result, we have a clear vision for the future of football.”
EA Sports’ long-standing licensing agreement with FIFA is similar to the one it had with the NCAA for producing a college football video game from 1997 to 2013. That license was for the video game’s title, and EA Sports paid it primarily as a bonus in its agreement for the NCAA’s March Madness and Final Four trademarks on the college basketball series that ended in 2009.
Since 1993, EA has released FIFA for PlayStation, Xbox, and other platforms, and it is now possible that the series will be renamed, their biggest rival took a similar path. Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer is now called eFootball.