EA Pulls FIFA Games from Digital Shelves: What’s Behind the Sudden Disappearance?

EA Sports FC Takes Center Stage as FIFA Titles Vanish from Digital Stores

In a surprising move, Electronic Arts (EA) has made a decisive exit from digital storefronts like Steam and console stores, effectively pulling all its FIFA game titles from these platforms. The decision comes just as EA Sports FC 24 makes its debut, leaving many gamers and fans baffled by the sudden disappearance of FIFA games, including the previous year’s edition, FIFA 23.

While the FIFA games have vanished from digital storefronts, players subscribed to EA Play, the publisher’s subscription service, can still enjoy some of these titles. Furthermore, physical copies of the delisted FIFA games remain available for purchase on various console platforms. Those who have previously purchased FIFA games on digital storefronts will still have access to re-download them, ensuring continuity for existing players.

 

 

However, for those who had not yet acquired FIFA 23 or any earlier FIFA titles through platforms like Steam, their options have become limited. The Steam page for FIFA 23 now bears a notice stating, “At the request of the publisher, EA Sports FIFA 23 is unlisted on the Steam store and will not appear in search.”

The precise reason behind EA’s decision to remove these games from sale remains unclear at this point.

Notably, EA terminated its long-standing licensing partnership with FIFA last year, leading to the rebranding of the franchise as EA Sports FC. The first entry under this new brand is scheduled for an official release on September 29, although it has been available in early access since the previous week.

While the FIFA name will continue to grace other gaming titles in the future, it appears that EA’s association with the franchise has come to an end. FIFA president Gianni Infantino assured fans, “I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans.” This leaves room for speculation about the direction the FIFA series will take under its new leadership, as EA Sports FC takes the reins in the world of soccer simulations.