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EA Ties Up FIFA Licence

Posted by Ken Barnes

Nine more years.

Following on from yesterday's unsurprising news that EA's FIFA 14 will more than likely be making the jump to Xbox 720, the company have announced that they've tied up that FIFA licence for just a little bit longer.

And by "a little bit longer", we mean "until 2022."

Under the terms of the new agreement, EA Sports continues to hold exclusive rights to release games emblazoned with the FIFA brand, as well as to release official FIFA World Cup-branded games. The news will come as a bit of a kick in the teeth for fans of Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series, with rumours suggesting that the Japanese publisher had at least a shot at picking up the licence.

But with 20 years now gone since the fictional Bruce McMillan and Janco Tianno started firing in the goals in the outstanding FIFA International Soccer on the Mega Drive, the game will keep on rolling. Andrew Wilson, Executive VP and Head of EA Sports, said: "Our franchise has become the benchmark for quality and innovation in the sports videogame genre, and we look forward to many more years of connecting with consumers around the world with our games carrying the prestigious FIFA name."

FIFA 14 is in the books for September, after it was announced that FIFA 13 has shifted more than 14.5 million copies.

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