EA has announced that they’re creating their own esports video production studio, EA Broadcast Center, which will host tournaments for the company’s games — like Madden NFL 19 Challenge — and create new esports-focused shows.
EA removed Argentinian soccer player Emiliano Sala from FIFA 19‘s roster for FC Nantes and Ultimate Team mode, and fixed card prices permanently to prevent inflation.
Emiliano Sala died 28 by plane crash in January.
EA announced that they will cease the sale of FIFA Points in all console in Belgium, by January 31, 2019. But they also stated that they still “do not agree with Belgian authorities’ interpretation of the law”.
For those who don’t know, last year Belgian government recommended criminal prosecution against any companies which continued to operate the mechanic in their games. While many publishers closed their shops, EA took the issue to the court.
EA’s Executive Vice President, Patrick Söderlund was recently revealed the studio’s good intentions towards Nintendo’s console. Mentioning the upcoming iteration of FIFA as an example since it is the first time in the franchise’s history to have a “full-fledged” version on a portable device.
I’ve made people repeatedly, publicly aware that I’m a gigantic Nintendo fanboy. Nintendo was what got me into this industry in the first place. I take my Switch with me everywhere.
What I will say is, we will appear on any platform where there are consumers, and players. We believe that we want to be a part of the Switch, and help Nintendo grow that installed base; that’s why you’ll see FIFA, which by the way is really good this year. It’s a full-fledged FIFA game, for the first time to be honest, on a portable device.
But at the same time we have to look at it from a resource standpoint and, at some point, the numbers become a factor. So for us it’s about supporting the platform, building technology for the platform, testing it out with big things like FIFA – and maybe a couple of others, we’ll see – and if they go well, I see no reason why we shouldn’t have as much of our portfolio on that platform as possible. I hope we get there, that would be my personal ambition.