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EA Sports officially ends FIFA partnership after 30 years of games

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"Our final FIFA product will also include more game modes, features, teams, leagues, players, and competitions than any previous edition," EA said in a statement.Even the specific EA Sports FC branding isn't a surprise; the term showed up in trademark filing last year, and VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb confirmed the name in a March chat with Giant Bomb.Last year, The New York Times reported that FIFA was asking EA to double the $150 million the publisher was already paying annually for the rights to its brand name. Meanwhile, EA was reportedly beginning to question how much value the FIFA name brought its popular game franchise."Basically, what we get from FIFA in a non-World Cup year is the four letters on the front of the box, in a world where most people don’t even see the box anymore because they buy the game digitally," Wilson reportedly told employees in a November all-hands meeting.But FIFA also says it is "engaging with leading game publishers, media companies, and investors in regard to the development of a major new FIFA simulation football game title for 2024." The organization also says it will continue the convention of numbered annual FIFA game releases with its new partners."I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement Monday.

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