EA Sports ends FIFA agreement

Burges Salmon's Ebony Ezekwesili discusses legal issues surrounding decision



EA Sports, the sports division of Electronic Arts, has been the exclusive FIFA football games publisher for the last 30 years, but will now begin releasing its own branded football games (labelled “EA Sports FC”) from late 2023.


At the heart of this decision to terminate the successful franchise are a number of legal and commercial issues. Whilst EA will no longer be permitted to use the FIFA name on its games, EA has successfully secured licensing agreements with a number of key football stakeholders, including 19,000 athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and over 30 football leagues.


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