EA Sports and FIFA reached an agreement to extend their current licensing deal through 2022, EA announced.
The deal with FIFA, the international organization that regulates football, gives EA Sports exclusive rights to create FIFA-branded games using real teams and players through Dec. 31, 2022.
As part of the agreement, EA Sports also holds the exclusive licensing rights to make official FIFA World Cup games and maintains its status as a presenting partner of the FIFA Interactive World Cup.
FIFA 13 released last September as another great entry in the franchise. A new installment of the series is expected to be released around the same time this year with a version for next-gen consoles expected to be ready at launch.
In a fourth quarter 2013 earnings report made by EA this week, the company announced FIFA 13 sold 14.5 million copies. Revenue from digital sales in FIFA 13, mainly from the game’s popular Ultimate Team mode, reached more than $200 million. EA also said more than 65 million games are played in FIFA weekly.
Last month, the first details for FIFA 14 were revealed by EA. New features in this year’s installment of the series include improved real ball physics, a more lifelike pure shot and variable dribble touches.