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EA Sports Obtain Serie A License For FIFA 19

EA Sports Obtain Serie A License For FIFA 19

FIFA 19 already looks pretty stacked and EA Sports are racking up the licences ahead of the worldwide launch.

For the first time ever, the Champions League and Europa League will be coming to the FIFA franchise.

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Last month, in an official statement, both Konami and UEFA confirmed that their "very successful and fruitful" 10-year partnership would come to an end and EA wasted no time in acquiring it - meaning gamers will no longer have to make do with 'Champions Cup' next year and can lift the official trophy.

In addition to that, it's also been officially confirmed that Borussia Dortmund's exclusive deal with Pro Evolution Soccer has been ended prematurely, giving EA the ability to bring BVB's Signal Iduna Park back into the equation for FIFA 19.

"KONAMI and Borussia Dortmund had a license agreement with respect to the use of Borussia Dortmund's logos, players, stadium and other features in KONAMI products until June 2020," read an official Konami statement.

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"However this agreement was prematurely terminated by Borussia Dortmund. KONAMI will not include Borussia Dortmund's logos, players, stadium and other features in PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019."

And in the third bit of recent licensing news, Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, via Calcio Finanza, are saying EA have been able to obtain the official license for Serie A, Serie B and Coppa Italia after a couple of years without it.

Image: EA Sports
Image: EA Sports

The Italian top flight was previously called 'Calcio A' on FIFA 18 and FIFA 17 but did contain all the licensed teams, players and kits in the two Italian leagues.

But through acquiring the full rights, match graphics, official branding and other features will put Serie A on par with La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga in terms of realism when September rolls around.

While PES have obtained rights for minor leagues such as the Belgian league, SPFL and Russian Premier League, they've been hit with a series of big blows and are losing even further ground on their football gaming rivals

Will you be purchasing both FIFA and PES this year?

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Topics: Entertainment, Konami, FIFA 19, Serie A, PES, EA Sports, Borussia Dortmund, Champions League

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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