EA Renews LaLiga Deal For the Next Decade of FIFA

EA Renews LaLiga Deal For the Next Decade of FIFA

But Konami's PES still holds the rights to F.C. Barcelona.

EA has struck another partnership deal with LaLiga. Right off the back of a 10-year partnership deal, FIFA will be the sole partner of La Liga for another decade.

EA announced the renewal of the partnership between FIFA and LaLiga earlier today. This doesn't come as a major surprise given LaLiga's standing as one of the premier soccer leagues in the world, and EA has actually pinpointed LaLiga as one of the more popular leagues used across online matches in FIFA.

EA's FIFA franchise has been the dominant rights holder to multiple leagues around the world for years now. Other high-profile leagues that FIFA has the sole rights to include Germany's Bundesliga and the U.K.'s Premier League.

Its rival virtual soccer franchise Pro Evolution Soccer (or PES) from Konami is catching up fast however, with 19 officially licensed leagues in PES 2020 out of a possible 24 worldwide leagues, a record for the franchise. This includes the AFC Champions League, Serie A in Italy, and the UEFA Champions League.

For individual teams however, it's a different story for PES. PES 2020 owns the licenses to just Arsenal and Manchester United from the Premier League, and the only team it holds the license to from LaLiga is F.C. Barcelona.

In other LaLiga-related news, TV broadcasts of the league's matches recently used FIFA's crowd noise in their broadcasts to substitute for empty stadiums. LaLiga is far from the only league to utilize FIFA's crowd noise for broadcasts however, as the U.K.'s Premier League has also used it earlier this year.

In FIFA's immediate future though is FIFA 21, set to release later this year on Oct. 9. Although it'll be launching first on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, it'll be receiving free upgrades to PS5 and Xbox Series X for customers who purchased the game on current-gen consoles.

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