Sports FIFA: DFL and EA extend expiring contract

17:10  29 september  2020
17:10  29 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The German Football League and Electronic Arts announced on Monday that they will be extending their cooperation "long-term" beyond 2021/22. Future titles in the FIFA series will also receive a comprehensive license package, and the Virtual Bundesliga is also guaranteed.

Das umfassende Lizenzpaket für die Bundesliga und die VBL bleiben den Fans in FIFA erhalten. © DFL The comprehensive license package for the Bundesliga and VBL will be retained for fans in FIFA.

EA has been an official partner of the Bundesliga since 1998, and the publisher will continue to receive exclusive license rights in the field of match simulation after the 2021/22 season. The expansion of the cooperation guarantees the continuation of the authentic implementation of the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga, including all clubs and players, the package is garnished by the Supercup. The partnership between DFL and EA has undergone constant further development over the past few years, exemplified by the introduction of awards such as the "Player of the Month" or the "Team of the Season".

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The contract extension is also of great importance for professional German eFootball: The Virtual Bundesliga should be guaranteed for the coming years. The only eSport competition of a professional football league that is directly integrated into the game to date has been steadily expanded in the past; with more than 130,000 participants, the VBL Open was recently the most popular competitive tournament format in this category. According to the DFL, the expansion of the cooperation underscores "the strategic relevance of the eSport sector" for the patron of German professional football.

"From the champions to the newcomers"

"Our partnership with the Bundesliga is expanding the status of EA SPORTS FIFA as the most authentic interactive football experience in the world," said Nick Wlodyka, Vice President and Managing Director of EA SPORTS FIFA. "Only in FIFA 21 can millions of Bundesliga fans play with all 18 clubs, from last year's champions to the newcomers. And only here can they compete in stadiums like the Paderborn Benteler-Arena or the Berlin stadium at the Alte Försterei and the classic in front of the Yellow Wall of Signal Iduna Park. "

A precise duration of the new contract was not communicated. On the part of the DFL there is talk of a "long-term" extension, EA SPORTS speaks of an extension of "several years".

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