Recently, Europe’s top football clubs have decided to form their own league called The Super League, and this will most likely effect EA Sports’ FIFA series.
The participating clubs are European giants, including AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Real Marid CF, and English clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea all join the so-called “Founding Clubs” group. The Super League tournament was also confirmed through a statement that three “Founding Clubs” will participate prior to the start of the new tournament, with five other teams being able to qualify, depending on their performance me. This is considered one of the biggest changes of the Champion League tournament in Europe over the past 150 years.
So, what does this mean for Electronic Arts and their most popular soccer game franchise, EA Sport FIFA? If the aforementioned Super League tournament really goes according to plan, FIFA 22 could be very different from its predecessor games. One of the highlights of any new FIFA title is its unique authenticity, with FIFA 21 bringing in more than 17,000 players, 700 teams, 90 stadiums and 30 leagues, all are modeled after what is happening in real life.
FIFA 21 also includes exclusive contracts from several major European and international tournaments, such as the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamericana, Premier League, Bundesliga and LaLiga Santander. EA acquires the image rights for their FIFA titles through a variety of sources, including FIFPro, FIFA, UEFA and many separate contracts with major tournaments and clubs around the world. The company also has many copyright contracts with domestic tournaments, such as Premier League, EFL, LaLiga Santander, Bundesliga, Serie A TIM, Ligue 1 Uber Eats, …
In November, an EA representative shared: “EA Sports FIFA is the world’s leading football game, and to create a real experience over the years, we have to partner with many tournaments, the team as well as the individual talent to ensure the most accurate player copyrights included in our games. One of these is the long-term partnership with global representatives of our players. Professional football player, FIFPro, is partnering with several copyright providers to negotiate deals that benefit the players and their unions. ” FIFPro is a non-profit world player union, representing more than 65,000 players, men and women, across 65 affiliated national player associations. In November 2018, when the idea of a Super League tournament was first revealed, FIFPro said it would be against any attempt to discourage players from participating in international matches if they entered the Super League.
“FIFPro favors a unified football industry and the interests of the leagues are interconnected.” FIFPro said. “However, we will protect the ability of the players to represent their country and their right to join any club. We strongly oppose the prospect of these freedoms being limited. in the aftermath of a fight between the organizers of the tournament. ” As such, FIFPro will continue to guarantee image copyright for 65,000 players through the unions, even if the Super League tournament exists, meaning those image rights can still be applied for EA Sports to bring in FIFA 22, but it will depend on many different factors. However, EA Sport also has exclusive contracts with individual clubs, including those confirmed to join the Super League.
Prior to the FIFA 20 launch, EA Sports announced a multi-year contract with Liverpool to become their official video game partner in July 2019. July 2020, Real Marid and Electronic Arts for knowing they have renewed their exclusive deal until 2025, allowing EA to exclusively use club players and assets. And in October 2020, EA Sport also announced similar contracts with two Italian giants AC Milan and Inter, and these clubs called EA Sports “exclusive partners”. As for FIFA 22, clubs like Manchester United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will remain in the Premier League until the 2021/22 season, so the image rights of these clubs and Their players are still in a mix of FIFPro, Premier League, FIFA and UEFA, meaning those clubs will still be accurately recreated in the game.
But if these clubs are banned from the official FIFA and UEFA leagues, or are disqualified together, due to their consent to join the Super League, things will be very different in FIFA 22. The regulator will not want EA to continue adding these clubs to future FIFA titles. And if so, names, badges, kits, stadiums and more could become more general in later FIFA titles.
But it remains to be seen whether the individual contracts EA Sports currently have with Liverpool, Real Marid, AC Milan and Inter will be in effect, as those are the contracts they have separately negotiated with EA. It is still unclear what will happen to the player image copyright and many other things for FIFA 22 right now, but with about 5 months’ time to launch a new game. The arrival of the Super League will definitely question are raised about the future of the FIFA brand and its journey to a “truly unmatched” experience.