The name of the most iconic soccer game is called into question by its creator, who is concerned that it does not reflect the diversity of the title’s content.
After PES, which was renamed to eFootball, it may be the turn of FIFA to change their name. Indeed, a representative of EA has just published a blog post in which the company talks about the richness of its video game franchise, as well as the future of football. Cam Weber, group manager of EA Sports, says:
« As we look to the future, we are also exploring the idea of renaming our EA SPORTS football games. This means we are re-examining our naming rights agreement with FIFA, which is separate from all of our other official football partnerships and licenses. ».
Indeed, the company recalls that under the banner of FIFA many other licenses come together, and that the diversity of the game’s content is not necessarily reflected by its name at this time. Among the names mentioned, we find the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, the CONMEBOL Libertadores, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, and LaLiga Santander.
This hypothesis arouses strong reactions
While EA’s decision has not yet been taken, fans are mixed, and most of them ask to keep the original name which is not only the popularity of the title, but is also an integral part of its story.
Content level, EA wants to reassure its fans and promises that the game will not change its strategy and will always seek to secure the most exclusive teams over the years. Quite the opposite of Konami and its franchise eFootball, who cut ties with PES in terms of name and gameplay. By the way, the next question that arises is, how could EA rename FIFA ?
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