Electronic Arts announced on Tuesday its relationship with FIFA has officially ended after nearly 30 years — hours before the company failed to meet expectations with its latest earnings report.
FIFA decided not to renew its deal with the “Madden” and “FIFA” publisher, which generated $1.75 billion in revenue in fiscal Q4. That’s up from $1.5 billion for the same period last year, but missed analysts’ estimates of $1.78 billion.
The video game publisher has a long road ahead after its partnership with the world’s soccer governing body comes to an end.
- FIFA and EA first struck a deal in 1993 that will expire in 2022.
- The franchise has generated more than $20 billion in sales over the past 20 years.
- It will be renamed “EA Sports FC” and will not include the World Cup.
EA failed to meet expectations in fiscal Q4 partly due to the lackluster release of first-person shooter game “Battlefield 2042” on Nov. 19, 2021. The title has received mediocre reviews and garnered “disappointing sales,” according to CEO Andrew Wilson.
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Soccer’s governing body is looking to widen its gaming portfolio and increase its asking price. FIFA was looking to secure a deal worth at least double the annual $150 million it has received from EA for rights to gamify the world’s most popular sport.