EA Sports and FIFA announced today that they have extended their exclusive rights contract until December 31, 2022, which means EA will be making FIFA games for at least nine more years.
Under the terms of the agreement, EA SPORTS maintains exclusive rights to release FIFA-branded videogames. In addition, EA SPORTS also holds exclusive rights to release the official FIFA World Cup™ videogame, as well as retaining its status as a Presenting Partner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup.
Here is what Executive Vice President of EA Sports Andrew Wilson had to say on having the FIFA license:
“EA SPORTS released the first FIFA-branded soccer game in 1993, and 20 years later our partnership with FIFA continues to be very strong.” “Our franchise has become the benchmark for quality and innovation in the sports videogame genre, and we look forward to many more years of connecting with consumers around the world with our games carrying the prestigious FIFA name.”
Here is what FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke had to say about their relationship with EA:
“Our relationship with EA SPORTS is of high importance to FIFA” said Jérôme Valcke, FIFA Secretary General. “The FIFA videogames are a key experiential component in our work to communicate the FIFA brand and its values all over the world. This is highlighted by the 2.5 million football fans that have competed in this year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup, which is just one example of the power of our partnership with EA”.
EA is set to release FIFA 14 some time in September 2013.