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Konami Secure Another Massive Exclusive PES Deal In Major Blow To EA Sports And FIFA

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Konami Secure Another Massive Exclusive PES Deal In Major Blow To EA Sports And FIFA

EA Sports and the FIFA franchise have been dealt another major blow after Konami announced an exclusive PES deal with Napoli from July 1.

The partnership was confirmed on Wednesday and means Napoli will only be playable in PES in the 2022/23 season.

The Neapolitan outfit will be in FIFA 22 as normal but will not be licensed in various game modes in FIFA 23 the following year and beyond.

Through the long-term collaboration, Napoli will also have a new gaming area for players and guests.

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Commenting on the news, Serena Salvione, Chief International Development Officer for Napoli, said: "We are delighted to launch this exclusive partnership with an innovative, international brand such as KONAMI to create content and unique experiences for Napoli fans. KONAMI has further tied its name to the Napoli brand by acquiring the naming rights to the training ground.

"This partnership is the latest step in the wider drive towards internationalisation of the Napoli brand that the club has been working on in recent years."

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That acquisition of Napoli's likeness follows up PES exclusive deals with fellow Italian giants Juventus and AS Roma in recent times.

The pair are now without their official kits, badges and stadiums in FIFA and are known as 'Piemonte Calcio' and 'Roma FC' - which has put off plenty of gamers from playing with them.

Topics: Football, PES, EA Sports, FIFA 22

Josh Lawless
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