FIFA to Expand Gaming, E-Sports Portfolio to Ensure Controlling Rights Don’t Lie With a Single Party


World soccer’s governing physique FIFA mentioned on Friday that it’s going to widen its gaming and e-sports portfolio to make sure that controlling rights do not lie within the palms of 1 occasion.

This comes after a report by The New York Times earlier this week that mentioned videogame writer Electronic Arts is struggling to renew the contract that will let EA use FIFA’s title for its top-selling soccer franchise.

“The future of gaming and eSports for football stakeholders must involve more than one party controlling and exploiting all rights,” FIFA mentioned, including that know-how and cell firms at the moment are actively competing to be related to FIFA, its platforms, and international tournaments.

FIFA recreation writer EA mentioned final week that it was reviewing naming rights settlement with FIFA, which is separate from all different official partnerships and licenses EA has within the soccer enviornment.

EA’s present contract expires subsequent yr after the Qatar World Cup, with FIFA searching for elevated income, and EA pushing to increase the FIFA model into new areas, like NFTs and highlights of actual video games.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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