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Lionel Messi's World Cup consolation prize: the cover of FIFA 15

Lionel Messi is the global cover star for EA Sports' FIFA 15, marking the third consecutive year the Argentine has graced the front of a soccer video game, and the seventh overall. Messi, awarded the World Cup 2014 Golden Ball as the tournament's best player despite Argentina losing in the final on Sunday, appeared on the cover of FIFA 13 and FIFA 14. (He also appeared on the cover of 2012's FIFA Street). He was the cover star for Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer for three editions, 2009 to 2011. Messi, widely considered the best player in the world, became an "EA Sports Football Ambassador" in 2011, making his cover selection again somewhat expected. He scored 28 goals for FC Barcelona this past season and then four in the World Cup. FIFA 15, which launches Sept. 23 for PlayStation 3,...

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How do sports video games handle scandals like Donald Sterling? They don't

James is factually correct. There is no place for Sterling, the despised owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, in their video game — the one whose cover James currently graces, as Jordan and Johnson did two years ago. No owner of any league franchise appears in NBA 2K14, nor in NBA Live 14. Without a doubt the weekend's number one story in sports, if not the nation at large, was the ugly, geriatric racism Sterling was caught espousing in a fight with his girlfriend. Sports video games present an idealized portrait of this business, and the scandals that can change much about the game and how its seen will never be mentioned within their virtual representations. Sterling embarrasses basketball with his presence and conduct, but that sense of shame won't be felt by the people who experience...

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EA looks back on five years of the FIFA Ultimate Team juggernaut

Five years ago today, Electronic Arts introduced the Ultimate Team mode in its main FIFA franchise. The mode offered a new, engrossing way to play the beloved soccer game, but it ended up being much more than that. FIFA Ultimate Team catapulted the series into new levels of global popularity, and heralded a new paradigm in game development just as the industry was shifting into a digital future. On the eve of Ultimate Team's fifth anniversary, we spoke with two individuals from developer EA Canada who have shepherded the mode along and helped turn it into the massive success it is today: Matt Prior, the producer who first brought Ultimate Team into FIFA with FIFA 09, and Adam Shaikh, current creative director for the mode. Ultimate Team actually originated outside the FIFA series: It...

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FIFA 14 on PlayStation Vita may be another roster update (update)

Electronic Arts will release a PlayStation Vita version of FIFA 14, but executive producer David Rutter suggested in an interview with Eurogamer that just like FIFA 13 on PS Vita last year, it will be another mere roster update. FIFA 14 will be the third PS Vita game in the series. Sony launched the handheld in North America in February 2012, and EA's FIFA Soccer (screenshot above) was part of the launch lineup. However, even then, the PS Vita version lagged behind the main console versions — EA had released FIFA 12 on consoles and Windows PC in fall 2011, but FIFA Soccer was based on 2010's FIFA 11. Last fall, EA released a PS Vita version of FIFA 13, but it turned out that the company hadn't made any perceptible improvements over FIFA Soccer — instead, the games were nearly...

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MLG Pro Points system ranks players, will determine seeding

Major League Gaming's new Pro Points system will track players' participation and performance for eSports competitions across a wide variety of games, the company announced today. The Pro Points setup will rank top players across different arenas and tiers, depending on the game in question. MLG will award points in Pro Circuit events, online tournaments and online ladders. Pro Points will be used to signify the top 2 percent of players in a particular MLG arena — no more than 100 players per arena — as MLG Pro Players. And MLG will eventually use Pro Point rankings to seed all competitions, including online tournaments; the first seeding based on Pro Points will come at the Pro Championship set for Nov. 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio. Pro Points is currently in beta; the first tournament to...

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EA digital revenue up, packaged revenue down

Electronic Arts reported financial results today for the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2013, showing an increase in digital net revenue and a decrease in packaged goods compared to the same quarter last year. GAAP digital net revenue was $482 million, compared to $342 million in Q1 2013, while revenue for publishing packaged goods and other net revenue was $452 million, down from $592 million in Q1 2013. Total net revenue was $949 million, compared to $955 million in Q1 2013. EA singled out several games that performed well during the quarter, including The Simpsons: Tapped Out, which recorded its highest revenue in a quarter since its launch last year. Digital net revenue for FIFA 13 was more than $70 million (non-GAAP) in Q1 2014, which represents a 92 percent increase versus F...

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FIFA 13 players can send an MLS athlete to the All-Star Game

FIFA 13 users will be able to vote a Major League Soccer player into the last open spot on the 2013 All-Star team by scoring goals with MLS players in the video game, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. EA and MLS provided a list of 26 MLS candidates for the final spot, all forwards; you can see the full list below. From noon ET today, July 3, through noon ET July 10, any goals scored with one of those players in any game mode of FIFA 13 will count as a vote for that player. This applies for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC versions of the game. MLS fans were able to vote for 10 of the 11 All-Star starters through the league's website, text messages and Twitter, which is nothing unprecedented for sports — Major League Baseball has held All-Star fan voting online for...

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EA is developing Wii U games, has bigger plans for PS4 and Xbox One, CFO says

Electronic Arts is developing games for the Wii U, but not as many as the company is developing for Sony and Microsoft's consoles, EA's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said today during the Stifel Nicolaus 2013 Internet, Media and Communications Conference. Jorgensen's statement seems to contradict a statement last week from EA spokesman Jeff Brown, who said last week that the company has "no games in development for the Wii U currently." When asked by a conference attendee which console manufacturer would lead the next generation, Jorgensen said that consumers, not publishers, would be the ones to decide. "You know, I think Nintendo's business was more [an] extension of their last console," Jorgensen said today. "We are building titles for the Nintendo console, but not...

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FIFA 14 not coming to Wii U because of predecessor's disappointing 'commercial results'

FIFA 14, this year's installment of Electronic Arts' soccer franchise, will not be released for Wii U because sales of FIFA 13 were "disappointing," a representative from EA told Eurogamer. "Six months ago FIFA 13 was a launch title on Wii U," the representative said. "Although the game featured FIFA's award-winning HD gameplay and innovative new ways to play, the commercial results were disappointing. We have decided not to develop FIFA 14 on Wii U." EA published several games for Wii U after its launch last November, including FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13. Earlier this month, EA confirmed that Madden NFL 25 would not launch on the system, but said that the company has "a strong partnership with Nintendo." The news follows in the wake of EA spokesperson Jeff Brown's recent statement...

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EA has 'no games in development for the Wii U,' spokesman says

Electronic Arts isn't currently developing any games for the Wii U, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku. EA published several games for Nintendo's console since its November 2012 launch, including FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition and Need for Speed Most Wanted, but its studios have nothing in the pipeline right now. "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," Brown said, but he didn't rule out future Wii U development, according to Kotaku. Earlier this month, EA announced that Madden NFL 25 would not make its way to the Wii U in 2013, while reiterating that the company has "a strong partnership with Nintendo." EA DICE's technical director Johan Andersson recently explained that the Frostbite engine, which powers games like those in the...

FIFA 13 Releases
North America
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • Wii
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • PlayStation Portable
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • Nintendo 3DS
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • PlayStation Vita
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • Wii U
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
  • Windows
    • Released 09/25/2012
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Canada
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