- EA Sports ended its 29-year-partnership with FIFA in the summer of 2022
- There has been speculation that Take-Two subsidiary 2K could take on the series
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FIFA is reportedly working to resurrect their football game franchise with 2K Games as a rival to EA Sports FC.
This season marks the year without a new FIFA game in three decades, after Electronic Arts gave up the FIFA licence back in 2022.
Instead this year marked the inaugural installment in the EA Sports FC series, with EA delisting all of its previous football games from online stores which had the FIFA license.
Insider Gaming have now reported that FIFA are working to announce a partnership for 2K to make an officially-licensed game.
If FIFA do find a new company to publish their games, then it would arguably the create the biggest rivalry in football video games since Pro Evolution Soccer was regarded as a revival for EA’s games back in the 2000s.
FIFA are reportedly working with 2K over a new FIFA game after the end of their partnership with EA
EA and FIFA’s three decade partnership ended with FIFA 23, with EA Sports since publishing their first EA Sports FC game
The 2K franchise has received plaudits for its work with the NBA and WWE yearly games
2K has received great praise for their career modes in both the NBA and WWE games that they publish.
The company which is a subsidiary of Take-Two is also the publisher for the PGA Tour games.
In an interview with IGN in 2022, the publisher’s CEO, Stauss Zelnick discussed the idea of taking on the FIFA branding.
He said: ‘We’re definitely interested in expanding our opportunities in sports, and FIFA has a great brand and incredible clout, but we have no current plans to discuss.’
EA cited a desire for more creative freedom as well as the expensive license among the reasons if opted to go its own way with EA Sports FC.
They reportedly refused to pay the governing body of football a reported $1bn for rights.
Gianni Infantino confirmed last year that FIFA will go head-to-head with EA Sports
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said they will go head-to-head with EA Sports by launching a rival video game.
He said back in March 2023: ‘The new FIFA game – the FIFA 25, 26, 27 and so on – will always be the best egame for any girl or boy.’