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Fifa: EA Sports to stop making popular video game

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Video games publisher Electronic Arts says it is going to stop making Fifa branded football titles.

Its EA Sports subdivision made the first Fifa game in 1993 and has been in charge of the franchise ever since.

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It is one of the most profitable brands in gaming history, but the cost of the licence was one reason why the decision was made to ditch the partnership.

EA will continue to make football video games, but from 2023 they will come under a new banner, EA Sports FC.

While the gameplay mechanics and core modes of play will be similar to what players have come to expect in recent years, this change will likely see the title offer a broader range of other experiences, beyond just the ability to play.

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Speaking to the BBC, David Jackson, vice president at EA Sports, explained that the studio thinks it’s time to move in a different direction in order to build a “brand for the future”.

Although the details of those experiences are vague at the moment, it’s fair to assume that being able to watch real-life matches, experience Fortnite style live in-game events and have access to a broader range of branded in-game items are the kind of things EA would like to be able to offer.

Jackson says: “The world of football and the world of entertainment are changing, and they clash within our product.

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“In the future our players will demand of us the ability to be more expansive in that offering. At the moment, we engage in play as a primary form of interactive experience. Soon, watching and creating content are going to be equally as important for fans.

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“Under the licensing conventions that we had agreed with Fifa 10 years ago, there were some restrictions that weren’t going to allow us to be able to build those experiences for players.”

The Fifa franchise has been so successful in part down to detailed licensing agreements, that allowed for accurate representations of team kits, players faces and stadia to be seen on screen.

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Players have been able to play as Premier League teams like Liverpool for years whereas competing games like Pro Evolution Soccer, offered fictional teams like Merseyside Red.

EA say they will continue to offer real-world experiences, having signed up 19,000 athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues for future games.

They include the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and Uefa.

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However, the move means that games released to tie-in with the World Cup, such as Fifa: Road to World Cup 98, will no longer be made by EA.

There will be one final Fifa release, with this year’s edition – Fifa 23 – on sale this autumn as usual.

EA Sports FC will hit the shelves in late 2023.

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EA is one of the games companies that has faced fan backlash over its approach to in-game purchases. No doubt some of the questions about their new franchise will surround the financial model and plans for monetisation, which are yet to be revealed.

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The move is a gamble for EA, whose fortunes have been closely tied with Fifa for decades, and Jackson accepts that, saying: “It’s a big moment for the organisation. Interactive football experiences have been central to what has made EA Sports successful over the last 30 years.”

Making sure the majority of the millions of current Fifa players switch to the new title will be vital for the company to be able to maintain important licensing partnerships in the future. They are an essential part of its success.

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Electronic Arts struck the last licensing deal with Fifa in 2013 and it has been reported that football’s governing body had put the price of the licence up significantly – this time to more than $1billion dollars per four-year world cup cycle.

When asked if moving away from Fifa was purely a financial decision, Jackson said “it wasn’t ultimately down to money” but accepted it did play a crucial role in the decision-making process.

“Money plays a critical role in most negotiations, but the reason we are doing this is to create the very best experiences we can for both players and partners. As part of that you consider whether or not your investment in one place is better or worse than an investment in another.

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“On balance, over time, we felt that our investments were better suited in spaces that were most important to players, like the different experiences we can now build in the game. For our partners, it’s the way we can welcome and engage them into a platform that talks to 150 million young football fans around the world.”

As for football’s governing body, last year it said it was engaging with developers, investors and analysts to come up with its future strategy for gaming, eSports and interactive entertainment, indicating that knew this change was coming for some time.

The BBC has contacted Fifa for comment, but has yet to receive a response.

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“Change is always going to be concerning for people at first,” says Jackson.

“In terms of things that they’ll miss, players will notice only two things: The name and a World Cup piece of content every four years. Outside of that, very little will change about the things they know, and love about the current Fifa products.

“Probably the easiest thing that we could have done would have been to maintain the status quo. Fifa has been an incredibly successful game over time, but there are moments when you need to consider what the future looks like and we feel like building our own brand is the best for us.”

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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PHOTOS: Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd marks 25 years of innovation and excellence in electrical cable manufacturing

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Ghana’s leading manufacturer of electrical cables and conductors, Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd. (TCCL), has marked its silver jubilee with a launch of an industry-first product.

Themed, ‘25 Years of Impacting Ghana: New Ideas, New Products, New Markets’, the anniversary ceremony was graced with the presence of the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Alhaji. Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia; the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon Michael Okyere Baafi, Deputy Minister of Energy, William Owuraku Aidoo. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, some Deputy Ministers, and the Board and Management of TCCL, Traditional rulers, and various leaders of the industry.

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The new product launched at the anniversary ceremony, “Coaxial TV Cable ” is a type of communication cable specially manufactured with a pure copper core, insulated, with a pure copper wire braid around it and sheathed with Flame Retardant Low Smoke PVC to guarantee excellent signal strength and safety. It is primarily used for connection of satellite antennas and TV antennas to television sets in various facilities, homes and businesses. As well as connection of CCTV Cameras.

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Launching the product, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia who was the Special Guest of Honour & Keynote Speaker for the 25th Anniversary launch, commended Tropical Cable for being the first-ever manufacturing company to locally make Coaxial TV Cables in Ghana.

“This is a very exciting move by Tropical Cable who has demonstrated to be the first and competitive in everything quality when it comes to manufacturing in Ghana and the Sub-region. And on its 25th Anniversary, it is the first to manufacture these Coaxial TV Cables in Ghana. It is indeed a great honour and privilege to formally launch the first ever locally made Coaxial TV Cables in Ghana by Tropical Cable.”

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Speaking on the 25 years’ journey of Tropical Cable, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Tropical Cable & Conductor Limited, Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi, said the experience has been interesting and full of lessons.

“Looking back over the past 25 years, I can only describe the experience of Tropical Cable as interesting, revealing, and full of lessons. I started this company with the simple aim to create an African industrial giant and a company that will live beyond me. I want to acknowledge the many people who have assisted and worked with me to achieve this vision. Tropical Cable is here today because of discipline and integrity, strong and dedicated team, our customers, electrical companies, distributors, retailers and others”.

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TCCL is a world-class Ghanaian company that has over the years grown its production capacity to handle over 8,000 tonnes of Aluminum, Copper, and PVC annually. Unique in its sector, they always ensure that their cables are FLAME RETARDANT, LOW SMOKE, LEAD-FREE, and support the maintenance of uninterrupted and reliable delivery of power to industry and the built environment.

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It is also the only cable manufacturer that has invested in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounding plant which in addition to supplying its manufacturing process, also sells to other cable manufacturers in Ghana and the rest of Africa. In addition, it is West Africa’s only manufacturer of Aluminium rods which it also exports.

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, PHOTOS: Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd marks 25 years of innovation and excellence in electrical cable manufacturing, Frederick Nuetei
, PHOTOS: Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd marks 25 years of innovation and excellence in electrical cable manufacturing, Frederick Nuetei
, PHOTOS: Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd marks 25 years of innovation and excellence in electrical cable manufacturing, Frederick Nuetei

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Binance signs Cristiano Ronaldo for exclusive partnership

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Binance, the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider, today announced that it has kicked off an exclusive, multi-year NFT partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest footballers to ever play the game. Through this partnership, Binance will launch a global campaign aiming to give Ronaldo’s fans an introduction to Web3 with a compelling entry point into the world of NFTs.

Over the course of the agreement, Cristiano Ronaldo and Binance will create a series of collections for sale exclusively on the Binance NFT platform. The first collection will be released later this year and will feature designs created in collaboration with Ronaldo.

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“Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the world’s best footballers and has transcended sport to become an icon in multiple industries. He has amassed one of the world’s most dedicated fan bases through his authenticity, talent, and charity work,” said Binance Founder and CEO “CZ” (Changpeng Zhao). “We are thrilled to provide his fans with exclusive engagement opportunities to connect with Ronaldo and own a piece of iconic sports history.”

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“My relationship with the fans is very important to me, so the idea of bringing unprecedented experiences and access through this NFT platform is something that I wanted to be a part of,” said Ronaldo. “I know the fans are going to enjoy the collection as much as I do.”

The Cristiano Ronaldo NFT collections will be available exclusively on Binance NFT at www.binance.com/en/nft/home.

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Binance is the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings, including: trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization and infrastructure solutions, and more.

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