2K about to take over the license?

2K about to take over the license?
2K about to take over the license?

In the fall of 2023, Electronic Arts officially abandoned the name of its famous football game FIFA, following a disagreement with the institution which demanded an astronomical sum for the exploitation of its license. However, the company has not stopped developing its game; instead, the latter simply changed its title, becoming EA Sports Football Club.

Since then, the entire industry has been wondering if another studio will step into the breach by signing a new partnership with the association to produce the next official FIFA game. And according to reseller MohPlay, that’s precisely what’s happening. The company’s Twitter/X account claims that 2K Games has reportedly signed a partnership with world football’s governing body for the development of FIFA 2K25.

A marriage that would make sense

This alliance has already been anticipated by many Internet users in recent months. Indeed, 2K has already a lot of experience in the field of sports video games. In addition to the essential NBA 2K franchise, the absolute reference for the orange ball for many years, the studio has also distinguished itself in the field of golf with PGA Tour or even wrestling with the WWE series.

Moreover, 2K probably has the necessary financial resources to afford the FIFA label, because some of its titles are real cash machines. Last year, the studio’s revenues happily exceeded a billion dollars per quarter, thanks in part to the countless microtransactions that invaded NBA 2 K. So executives could jump at the chance to add the most popular sport in the planet to their portfolio.

A potentially interesting prospect for fans of football games, who have not really been spoiled lately. The latest editions of the two main representatives of the genre, namely EASFC and eFootball, were rather poorly received by the public. 2K therefore has a real card to play; if the studio produced a quality game, it could quickly establish itself as a new benchmark, or at least generate competition that this video game niche badly needs.

A “leak” to be taken with a pinch of salt

But be careful not to put the cart before the horse. Even though this rumor has been igniting the Internet since this weekend, it has not been confirmed by an official Source; neither 2K nor FIFA have communicated on this subjectalthough the original Source claims that the partnership was ” confirmed “.

We can also legitimately question the credibility of this Source. Indeed, MohPlay is not exactly a reputable leaker. It is in fact a Ghanaian video game retailer unknown to the battalion who didn’t even bother to mention a first-hand Source to back up his claims.

In addition, there is also a significant obstacle that could slow down the ardor of 2 K. EA has certainly divorced from FIFA, but according to Gameland.gg, it still has a large number of exclusive licenses with prestigious leagues. We can cite the Premier League, La Liga, the Bundesliga and Serie A – almost the entire elite of European football, in short. This means that even if 2K signed with FIFA, the studio could have a lot of trouble integrating a bunch of very popular teams into its game. Difficult for fans to swallow.

In other words, it’s best to take these claims with a grain of salt. To be determined, we will have to wait for a possible official confirmation which could come within a few months. In the meantime, we will have to make do with EA Sports 24 FC and eFootball, which remain the benchmarks despite their flaws.

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