EA Sports and FIFA are going their separate ways: the popular football series will have a different name from next year. But players will not have to do without the term “FIFA” in the future either.
Due to the expiring license deal, the football series from EA Sports will no longer be called “FIFA” from next year. Instead, fans will have to get used to the new designation “EA Sports FC” while FIFA wants to license its name to other companies.
However, there does not seem to be a risk of confusion in the future. Because the first games have little to do with what EA Sports has offered so far.
In the press release titled ‘FIFA unveils suite of new web 3.0 games ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022’ states that four FIFA World Cup games are in the works. These are: AI League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Upland-Metaverse Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Phygtl
AI League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition is a 4v4 casual football game fully controlled by AI. Player inputs should lead to funny and tactical moments.
According to a separate announcement from developer Altered State Machine, the game will launch with a 10-week prediction component. Players can win “digital and physical prizes” by correctly predicting the outcomes.
Players who successfully participate in the prediction game will receive “four unique collectibles” that will become their AI-controlled footballers.
World Championship in the Blockchain-based Metaverse
The second announcement, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in the Upland Metaverse, is being offered in partnership with Upland. It is a blockchain-based metaverse where players can buy and sell virtual properties.
As part of the FIFA collaboration, players will be able to collect official FIFA World Cup digital assets, including iconic video highlights from the tournament, as well as travel to a virtual World Cup Lusail stadium and village to purchase digital items.
The third project, called Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition, aims to “achieve the emotional high of football excitement through a highly immersive, football map-based, social prediction game,” according to FIFA. The goal is not just to be right, but “to be the best among friends.”
The fourth and final game, in collaboration with Phygtl, will be described as “an immersive experience where fans come together to collectively create the world’s first digital reward for fans.”
“Fans can bring a Golden Globe soccer ball from the palm of their hand into their real-world environment, own a limited fragment of it, and immortalize their self-selected FIFA World Cup images and video moments,” the description continued.
According to its own description, Phygtl is a “mobile application for the involvement of fans, which gives a new dimension to being a fan”.
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Commenting on today’s announcement, FIFA Chief Business Officer Romy Gai said: “This is an extremely exciting group of partnerships that we have entered into as we welcome a new, digitally savvy football fan and want to engage with them in the areas where he is already active.”
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