A few days ago, Electronic Arts officially announced the end of the partnership with the FIFA football association. Future branches of the in -house football simulation will bear the name EA Sports FC from 2023.
After the announcement, FIFA declared that it was also possible to continue without EA and already work on projects with other studios. In the future, one will rely on a model in which the rights will no longer be licensed exclusively to individual studios.
CEO Strauss Zelnick has now confirmed that Take-Two is not currently part of these studios and that there are no plans regarding cooperation with the Football Association:
“We are definitely interested in expanding our opportunities in sport, and FIFA has a great brand and an incredible influence, but we currently have no plans that we could talk about.”
While Electronic Arts covers football, football and ice hockey with FIFA, Madden NFL and NHL, Take-Two with NBA 2K and WWE 2K is market leading in the areas of basketball and wrestling.
A partnership with the football association would certainly not be a disadvantage for an attack on the football market. Konami, with his Pro Evolution Soccer series and most recently Efootball for years, the main competitor of EA, has not yet commented on a possible cooperation with FIFA.