Big soccer clubs stay with EA after FIFA split

EA and FIFA part ways, but EA will continue to develop football games under the new name EA Sports FC. And the biggest clubs in the world are already lining up to join the new franchise, even without the FIFA branding.

From 2023, EA’s official football simulations will appear under the name EA Sports FC. Aside from the official FIFA World Cup content, EA promises access to the same players, clubs, stadiums and leagues that FIFA is known for.

EA has previously announced that it has signed agreements with the world’s top clubs and leagues, including the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and UEFA for team licences. And on social media, the world’s top football clubs have shown their support for EA Sports FC.

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Top teams from around the world and in various leagues such as the Premier League and MLS shared tweets that read “We’re in the Club” with the hashtag #EASPORTSFC, signaling their intent to sign on to EA’s rebranded franchise.

The two teams competing in the upcoming Champions League final, La Liga’s Real Madrid CF and Premier League’s Liverpool FC, have both tweeted in support of EA Sports FC, as have many other top teams.

EA says losing the FIFA license frees the company from certain creative restrictions. EA is now open to incorporating more creative content into its football simulation, as well as potential commercial partnerships that go beyond the pure football experience.

For its part, FIFA announced plans to work with other third-party developers on new games that will use the FIFA license, with plans for new, non-simulated games this year.

FIFA 23 will be the last EA soccer sim to be released under the licensing agreement and will only cover the soccer sim aspect of the game. But it appears EA has a stable of top names willing to work alongside the rebranded EA Sports FC.

Matt TM Kim is the news editor of IGN. you can reach him @lawoftd. COYS.

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