FIFA Demands More Than $1 Billion from EA Sports for naming rights

FIFA charges EA Sports more than $1 billion for every four years of the deal to license its name.

FIFA is demanding more than a billion dollars every four years from the company as part of the licensing agreement for EA Sports’ soccer game franchise. This request is notable, with more than double the amount of licenses EA Sports is currently paying. It was stated that EA Sports is planning to change the name of FIFA for the football game after FIFA 22. The current 10-year agreement between the two, which will expire in 2022, is worth $150 million. However, this value may decrease if EA decides to rebrand the FIFA game.

However, a report in the New York Times mentions FIFA’s new monetary demands to EA. According to information provided by people familiar with the matter, FIFA charges EA over $1 billion for each World Cup cycle. The next FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar in late 2022. This championship will also take place just before the agreement between EA and FIFA expires.

People who spoke to the New York Times and are close to the negotiations between the two companies state that the two-year talks between EA and FIFA have stopped due to such problems. Cam Weber, general manager of the EA Sports group, also seemed to acknowledge this in a blog post he published last week. “Looking ahead, we are also exploring the idea of renaming our global EA Sports football games,” Weber said. This means that we are reviewing our naming rights agreement with FIFA, apart from all our other official partnerships and licenses in the football world.” made a statement.

Finally, it is worth noting that EA has insisted that there will be only a name change regarding popular football games and everything else will remain the same.


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