Electronic Arts and FIFA cannot agree to renew the rights to the FIFA series, so other teams can use the order. At the meeting with investors, the CEO of Take-Two was asked about the possibility of taking over the name.
We have been informing you of the tense situation on the Electronic Arts-FIFA line for several weeks. According to a report by the New York Times, it is likely that FIFA It asks the publisher twice as much as the temporary license and wants to protect itself from EA exclusivity – It is said that The company has started talks with other studios.
Of course, no one officially admits to negotiating with the federation, but we can assume that Take-Two is one of the participants in the negotiations. While presenting the financial results, Strauss Zelnick was asked if 2K Sports was interested in expanding its reach and using the new license.
The Take-Two CEO did not respond unequivocally, but did mention the recent acquisition, namely the purchase of the studio responsible for mobile football manager Top Eleven.
“We are thrilled to have Nordeus in the Take-Two family. They just crush, and Top Eleven is a great and much loved title. I couldn’t be happier to be in the football managers industry thanks to Top Eleven with Team Nordeus. This is a huge step for us… We’ve never been to sports before. And I think I’ll keep him for today.”
Although Zelnick did not spare the details, his words were received unequivocally, and all because of the rumors that have emerged for several weeks, according to which 2K can develop a new football game using the rights of the International Football Association.
At the same time, it is difficult to say how Electronic Arts will react to the potential brand involvement, which has already taken a step forward and registered a new brand some time ago. The publisher’s actions sparked a wave of speculation that FIFA 23 may not come, and the manufacturer may use a different name.
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