Before unveiling its latest financial results this evening, Electronic Arts (EA) announces the renewal of its partnership with UEFA, which notably ensures the exclusivity of several licenses (Champions League, Europa League, Supercup, etc.) for its FIFA games.
There is talk of a renewal over several years, without further clarification. The communicated of Electronic Arts emphasizes the desire to extend the FIFA franchise, in particular through the development of six new mobile “experiences” ranging from authentic simulation to “unique arcade formats offering new ways to play”.
EA also announces that FIFA will make its debut in the world of cloud gaming with the arrival of FIFA 21 on Google Stadia on March 17th. Finally, the FIFA Online 4 PC game, a free-to-play version initially intended for the Asian market, will land in fifteen additional countries, including Russia, Poland and Turkey. The full list of countries has yet to be released, but EA hopes to reach up to 80 million new players.
The editor takes the opportunity to slip that The FIFA franchise has more than 325 million games sold since its birth, against 280 million in September 2019. For comparison, Konami sold 110 million PES games upto September 2020. FIFA 21 sales are not shown, but there are more players than FIFA 20 at the same stage of their career.
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