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EA Sports Ends Over Two-Decade-Long Partnership With FIFA

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On Tuesday, Electronic Arts Inc announced the official end of its nearly three-decade-long video-gaming partnership with FIFA.

The move comes after months of tense negotiations in which FIFA officials reportedly demanded $1 billion from the company for its licensing rights.

According to the New York Times, their 29-year partnership was set to end after this year’s World Cup in Qatar, but has now been extended to include the Women’s World Cup next summer.

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson has promised that the final game will be the best yet.

After that, the video game company plans to launch EA Sports FC in 2023, an interactive form of gaming in collaboration with more than 300 soccer partners.

Because of separate licensing agreements with their teams and leagues, the new game is expected to feel similar to the millions of FIFA video game players around the world.

According to the BBC, it will likely allow players to watch real-life matches, participate in Fortnite-like in-game events, and access a wider range of branded in-game items.

However, major FIFA events such as the World Cup will be excluded.

‘The worlds of football and entertainment are changing, and they collide within our product,’ said David Jackson, vice president of EA Sports.

‘In the future, our players will expect us to be more expansive in that offering.’ We currently engage in play as our primary form of interactive experience.

‘Watching and creating content will soon be equally important for fans.’

‘Under the licensing conventions that we had agreed with FIFA ten years ago, there were some restrictions that would not allow us to build those experiences for players,’ he explained.

Nonetheless, EA shares fell nearly 3% in afternoon trading following the news, despite the fact that the company is expected to report its quarterly results after markets close on Tuesday.

Soccer games have long been a favorite among millions of players worldwide, attracting both casual gamers and esports fans. Over the last two decades, the game has sold more than $20 billion.

However, as FIFA and EA’s most recent agreement – signed ten years ago – was about to expire, FIFA officials demanded more from the video game company, according to the Times.

It aimed to at least double the $150 million it receives each year from EA Sports, its largest commercial partner.

‘They have all the technological smarts, the creative implementation of an absolutely fantastic football game – and it really is fantastic.’

‘But what about FIFA? Their given name. ‘What happens next?’
EA has already signed up 19,000 athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums, and more than 30 leagues for future games.

It has over 300 licensing agreements with world soccer organizations such as UEFA, which runs the Champions League, as well as domestic leagues and competitions worldwide.

These collaborations will allow EA to continue using the names and likenesses of not only players, but also famous clubs and prominent players.

According to the Times, if FIFA seeks another video game partner, they will be limited in their options because two of the world’s largest club competitions – England’s Premier League and European soccer’s elite Champions League – will only be available to EA Sports FC players.

‘EA Sports is a long-term and valued partner of the Premier League, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate in the new era,’ said Richard Masters, the Premier League’s chief executive, in a statement announcing the split.

It also included remarks from officials representing Europe’s and South America’s governing bodies, as well as the heads of the German and Spanish Leagues.

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BREAKING: Mbappe Snubs Real Madrid, Makes Final Decision

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Mbappe Snubs Real Madrid, Makes Final Decision

French professional footballer, Kylian Mbappe Lottin, has snubbed La Liga Giants, Real Madrid, as he prepares to renew his contract with Paris-Saint Germain (PSG).

This was disclosed via a tweet from sports pundit, Fabrizio Romano, as he revealed that Madrid’s President, Florentino Perez is aware of the forward’s decision.

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“Kylian Mbappé will stay at Paris Saint-Germain. Romano stated

“He’s definitely not joining Real Madrid this summer, the final decision has been made and communicated to Florentino Perez.

The Kylian Mbappe saga has finally come to an end, as he is set to sign a new deal at Paris-Saint Germain that will see him stay at the club.

It’s the second time the 23-years old has rejected Real Madrid, after he left Monaco for PSG in 2017 and, just like five years ago, this isn’t the outcome Real Madrid hoped for.

The La Liga side and the Frenchman had reached an agreement last week regarding the terms of his contract.

This included, among other details, the payment of 130 million euros as a signing bonus, the total dominance of the image rights, and a very lucrative salary.

However, the striker and his team have been constantly surrounded by pressure and have made the decision to sign a new deal at PSG.

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Dear Chelsea: Rudiger Pens Farewell Message

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Dear Chelsea: Rudiger Pens Farewell Message

German international footballer, Antonio Rudiger, has penned a farewell message to Chelsea FC, as he leaves the club for 2022 UCL Finalist, Real Madrid.  

In a touching message posted by Rudiger on The Players Tribune, titled ‘Dear Chelsea’, the defender expresses his love for his teammates.

The 2020/21 UCL Central-Back of the season pointed out N’golo Kante’s humility in particular, praising his character.

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“I want to talk about the Champions League final. But for you to understand, I have to tell a quick story about one of the nicest guys in football. Rudiger stated.

“I am speaking, of course, about N’Golo Kanté. 

“Before I came to Chelsea, I had heard all the beautiful stories about him. They said he is always smiling. It was said he still drives an old Mini Cooper. They said he never raises his voice. But you know how it goes in football, right? No one is really like that.

“There is too much pressure, too much disappointment. We are all human. No one is that cool all the time. It’s impossible. Then I met N’Golo.”

The 29-years old went further to narrate how Tuchel had changed his entire career after he was despised and dropped by Frank Lampard for his poor performances.

“We had a meeting one day, and the manager told me that we had a deep squad and that he preferred others over me.

“Boom — that was it. After that, there were a lot of rumors. I was getting a lot of abuse on social media. It was the hardest time in my career, and I stayed silent because I did not want to cause issues for the club. 

“Imagine, if you would have told me that within a few months, I would be starting in a Champions League Final against City? 

“But when you are hungry, nothing is impossible. It is the ones who are starving, the ones who have nothing to lose, who are the most dangerous. When Tuchel came in as manager and gave me a chance, it was a new life for me.”

Rudiger is expected to be announced as a new Madrid player at the end of the season, after 5 years with Chelsea.

Everything is now done between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger. The deal has been completed, according to sources from the club. Contract until 2026.

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Di Maria Confirms PSG’s Exit, Bids Farewell

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Di Maria Confirms PSG's Exit, Bids Farewell

Argentine professional footballer, Ángel Fabián Di Maria, has confirm his exit from League1 champions, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

The attacking midfielder took to his Instagram to say his ‘Thanks’ to teammates and fans, after 7-years in France.

He posted a picture of himself and his teammates, with the caption, “Gracias❤️ Merci❤️.”

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Di Maria will leave PSG on a free transfer, as his contract with the club has expired.

Juventus are in advanced talks to sign the 34-year-old, negotiations have been underway for weeks, now waiting to reach a full agreement.

The winger has won 14 major trophies, including five league titles, in the past seven years at the Parc des Princes.

Di Maria has made 294 appearances for PSG, scoring 92 goals and managing 118 assists. He is the club’s all-time leading goal provider.

According to reports, PSG shows no interest in a one-year extension on his contract. His deal will run out next month. 

The Argentine is upset about his situation, as he did not plan on leaving the club.

Juventus has presented him with two proposals. He will decide which formula he wishes to proceed with.

The first option would see the 34-year-old earn 7 million euros per season plus bonuses in a two-year deal.

As for the second proposal, it’s one-year contract.

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