Earlier today, EA announced that it had signed a three-year deal with F.C. Barcelona (Futbol Club Barcelona).
For those who don’t follow soccer on the world stage, F.C. Barcelona is one of the best teams in the world and have been around since 1899. That wasn’t a typo. They were actually founded 113 years ago. They club is a well-known threat on the international stage having won four Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League titles, four UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, four UEFA Super cups, three Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and a record two FIFA Club World Cup trophies. Only one other team has ever won two FIFA trophies: Brazil’s Corinthians.
What I am trying to say is that F.C. Barcelona is PRETTY GOOD AT SOCCER.
“Joining a world class soccer club like Barcelona as an Official Club Partner is a fantastic opportunity for EA Sports and our fans,” said Matt Bilbey, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager at EA Sports.
As a result of F.C. Barcelona’s partnership with EA, 17 players will have their likenesses scanned into FIFA 14 in what one might assume to be higher detail than lesser known players from less popular teams.
It will be interesting to see if news like this and Microsoft’s promise to bring exclusive FIFA downloadable content to the Xbox One will impact the popularity Sony’s consoles have traditionally had in the past.