In the last few days, the most talked about in the European football world is the controversy surrounding the creation of a new football league for European clubs, the European Super League, which through super ambitious planning to bring together the 20 largest clubs in the old continent. The action is against the current top football entity, FIFA, and also responsible for European football, UEFA, the official organizer of the Champions League.
It turns out that all this controversy, in addition to directly influencing the day-to-day life of European football, can affect the future of video games with a sports theme, such as the next editions of FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) and Football Manage. This is due to the exclusive rights between producers and clubs, in addition to league and cup licenses.
The clubs that have already accepted the ESL proposal are: Inter Milan, Juventus, Milan, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. These are considered founders of the league, the invitation to 3 teams is still pending, in addition to 5 more that must go through a classification process. All teams received an absurdly high amount for the integration. The decision made FIFA and UEFA furious and will take tough measures such as severe punishment for participating clubs and players.
How would the Super League affect football games?
With these changes in the football world, FIFA, the title of EA Sports, with its license directly linked to the football organization, the series is completely linked to competitions organized by FIFA - the proposed Super League may not be recognized by it and, as predicted, will almost certainly not appear in the game.
This would drastically affect, mainly, the Ultimate Team mode, the franchise's absolute success online mode since 2009. The investment made by Eletronic Arts for the mode it is great, in view of the encouraging result of the microtransactions made from the mode, which allows the chance of a player to get such a famous player for his club.
In the case of Pro Evolution Soccer (PES), a game published annually by KONAMI, it is not so linked to soccer entities, but still has club licenses, club and player image rights and competitions, as it was with CONMEBOL competitions, such as Copa Libertadores and Copa Sulamericana and UEFA with the Champions League and Europa League, before they migrate to the competitor.
The current moment on the football scene could make Konami see everything with good eyes, considering that his game would possibly have a greater facility to negotiate the license with this new championship, while the rival product, the FIFA series, would be badly damaged due to its loyalty to the FIFA entity and would lose the players and exclusivity of the clubs present in the ESL.
It is worth remembering that the rivalry between PES and FIFA goes far beyond which game is better, but the fight is good in terms of licensing, and PES runs after the loss of having lost the rights of the Champions League and Libertadores, as previously said. Football Manage would be the least affected, but it would still have significant changes for the future of the game.
The subject is still very recent and, therefore, we do not have much information on what the future of current football games will be like or if we will have a new competitor for FIFA and PES, who will come out ahead for the image rights of European Super clubs. League. For now, the games continue in production normally, and are waiting for a definition. The war between FIFA and UEFA against the organizers of the new championship continues and we will probably have more news soon.
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