Having become perhaps the most successful sports franchise game of all time, the FIFA and EA partnership have led to the huge success in the football gaming market and even developing a very successful esports option too with a widespread betting market keeping the use of promotion codes at bonus-promotion-code.com too – but this success may all be soon going away as in 2021 it was announced this long-standing partnership may be coming to an end. But this may not necessarily be a bad thing, and the ending of this partnership could in fact be better for FIFA.
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A history of poor quality
Whilst the EA and FIFA partnership has cornered the football gaming market, there have been a huge number of criticisms over the years at the quality of the games being put out – often riddled with bugs and having questionable changes, or lack thereof to content, many players have become disenchanted with what the FIFA games actually offer today. Cutting ties with EA and its troubled relationship with sporting games right now could lead a new developer to secure the rights, and perhaps provide an opportunity for a different styles of games that are much further in line with the quality expected from such a big studio.
Shared licensing may be possible
Whilst the EA FIFA has been the big title, it hasn’t been the only title, as Pro Evolution Soccer now known as eFootball was a big contender for some – whilst the game was never able to secure proper licensing and relied on some creative uses of names, it did show what competition may be able to do. If FIFA are able to share licensing rights, it could lead to a number of different games emerging and creating something of a competition. This may be unlikely though because of the investment into esports but would help in terms of the games.
Separating from EA would also end the partnership with some business practices that have been questioned by the gaming community as a whole too – the pseudo-loot boxes that have emerged with player packs have led to the game being restricted in a number of different countries and something that has left the player base frustrated with the game over time too – although FIFA may not be able to fully determine whether or not a newer studio uses this practice in the future, studios are being encouraged to stay away from doing this too otherwise they may face similar restrictions in countries that are blocking this form of in-game microtransaction in the future.