With the FIFA saga, EA has undeniably marked the hearts of sports and video game fans by making this license a classic that strikes all audiences, despite the evolution of the license. However, the divorce between FIFA and Electronic Arts was formalized this year with a clear challenge for the International Federation: to claim its name to leverage its influence in the lucrative video game industry. It didn’t take long to find out more clearly what FIFA’s first projects are in the world of video games.
Four web 3.0 games planned by FIFA using the blockchain and the metaverse
It was with the upcoming Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup that FIFA just issued a press release detailing its close-ups in terms of gameplay more clearly, now that Electronic Arts no longer has the rights to play use. of this prestigious license.
“Games and esports are among the fastest growing opportunities for FIFA as it continues to expand into new spaces, platforms and digital games that already welcome football fans.
The new game integrations, all designed with Web 3.0 and the future of digital engagement in mind, are playable throughout the tournament and each brings a unique twist to the largest football tournament in the world. “
We could have suspected it, but now the information has been confirmed as FIFA will directly engage in the development of projects based on blockchain, metaverse or even AI.
AI League: Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup edition
Let’s first discover AI League: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition. This game developed by Altered State Machine is defined as a “casual 4v4 soccer game, played between AI-controlled characters, with the player participating in fun and tactical moments”.
Altered State Machine announced that the game would launch with a 10-week forecast component. “Numeric and physical rewards” would be the key to those who correctly predict real-life matches. Players who participated in the prediction game could win “four unique collectibles” that would become their AI-controlled players in the FIFA World Cup AI League.
With these first data, we could think of a Volta-like formula in which you can manage and manage the team only by winning several players that the AI would control.
FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022 in the Upland Metaverse
The second game would be made with Uplandme and would take place in Upland’s blockchain-based metaverse, where players buy and sell virtual properties. It would therefore be a collaboration with FIFA on the occasion of this 2022 World Cup. Players could collect “official digital assets of the FIFA World Cup, including legendary videos of the tournament highlights”. Of course there will be a stadium and a virtual village and you can buy digital items in the village.
Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup on Phygtl
This third game is a collaboration with the Phygtl mobile application that is also focused on the metaverse if we are to believe their site (nothing specific, just teasing). According to the description, “fans can wave a golden ball from the palm of their hand into their surroundings, own a limited fragment to attach and immortalize their ordered FIFA World Cup photos and videos.” In the words of FIFA, a “digital representation of the eternal fandom”.
Matchday Challenge: Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 Edition
Finally, we discover Matchday Challenge: FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Edition, which is said to be a “highly addictive casual social prediction game based on soccer cards”.
The divorce between FIFA and EA is still quite recent, but it is to be assumed that FIFA already had a very clear idea of the direction it wanted to take for its entry into the game, given the ubiquity of the metaverse and digital. collectibles (they can say NFT right now, it will go faster).
- FIFA partnered with cryptocurrency firm Algorand in May 2022
Last May, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said this about FIFA’s game plans:
“I can assure you that the only authentic and real game that bears the FIFA name will be the best available for football players and fans.
The FIFA name is the only world title and original. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26 and so on – the constant is the FIFA name and it will stay forever and remain THE BEST. “
After presenting these first projects, it’s hard to believe FIFA’s credibility in this unfamiliar sector, especially towards football fans. After 30 years of partnership, EA Sport will rename its EA Sports FC license with “a new era in July 2023” and finally, it would appear that EA is the most reasonable and qualitative studio in terms of football games on the market. with respect to this precise context of course. FIFA is reportedly working with “leading game publishers, media companies and investors” to develop a new FIFA football simulation game for 2024, which would compete directly with EA Sports FC.