FIFA without FIFA? EA Sports considers a name change
Top executive says the company could end a licensing partnership going back to 1993
FIFA, whose name has become synonymous with video game soccer over the past two decades, may no longer headline EA Sports’ globally dominant franchise.
Cam Weber, EA Sports’ general manager and top executive, said Thursday in a note to players that the label is “exploring the idea of renaming our global EA Sports football games. This means we’re reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all our other official partnerships and licenses across the football world.”
In the preceding paragraph, Weber somewhat pointedly mentioned the 300 other licensors EA pays to give the FIFA series its real-world authenticity, from the FIFPRO group license giving the game a roster of more than 17,000 players, to the UEFA Champions League and top European professional leagues like Spain’s La Liga.
Today in FIFA World Cup qualifying
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONCACAF
United States vs Jamaica
Honduras vs Costa Rica
Mexico vs Canada
El Salvador vs Panama
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – AFC
United Arab Emirates vs IR Iran
China vs Vietnam
Saudi Arabia vs Japan
Australia vs Oman
The question, however, as it was the case in São Paulo, is also the travel within South America. There is no Brazil vs. Argentina in this window but we do have another fierce rivalry in Peru vs. Chile. The opportunity for South American pettiness is still possible.
But I joke. The main talking point will hopefully be about qualification and of course, health and safety for all involved.
Here we go again. The CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, the game’s longest-serving telenovela, returns this week with another massive triple-fixture. Different characters and multiple plotlines change every few years, but no matter the campaign or the tournament, the drama remains. The stakes may not be as deadly as “Squid Game,” but one thing’s for sure, when it comes to South America and fútbol, they might as well be.
Last time around, the plot thickened in the middle of an episode centered around its main characters: Brazil and Argentina. It was Sept. 5 in São Paulo and moments after the first whistle in a rematch of this summer’s Copa America final, Brazilian health officials entered the pitch with the pretended grandiosity of a cavalry charge in the Battle of Waterloo and interrupted the game, claiming the atrocious act of breaking quarantine guidelines by four Argentinian players.
FIFA World Cup Qualifying – CONMEBOL
Paraguay vs Argentina
Uruguay vs Colombia
Venezuela vs Brazil
Ecuador vs Bolivia
Peru vs Chile