EA SPORTS inks long-term La Liga deal ahead of FIFA 21 - Dexerto

EA SPORTS inks long-term La Liga deal ahead of FIFA 21

Published: 24/Jun/2020 13:58

by David Purcell


EA SPORTS and La Liga have agreed a new long-term partnership that will see Spain’s top flight included in EA games for the next decade, starting with FIFA 21. 

This new exclusive deal was announced on June 24, just days after the game developers revealed a first look at their next flagship game at EA play, and means that the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and more will be featuring in the company’s video game titles long into the future.

The statement, posted by EA, also includes a joint commitment from both parties to grow esports participation over time. This will be heavily focused on eLaLiga Santander, which is La Liga’s official esports competition for competitive players.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos in FIFA 20 representing La Liga teams
Real Madrid and Barcelona are just two of the many teams in La Liga that will continue to feature in EA games.

Speaking about the new deal, Executive Vice President & Group GM at EA SPORTS, Cam Weber, said: “Our vision is to grow the love of sport through our games and services, and with strategic partnerships with iconic organizations like La Liga, we’re uniquely positioned to deliver unrivaled authenticity and innovation in the years to come.

“Our joint commitment will enable both immediate impacts for the next EA SPORTS FIFA experience, and long-term opportunities to continue to strengthen La Liga fan engagement over the next decade.”

On the La Liga front, the league’s President – Javier Tebas – was delighted to share the news as well. He added: “This renewal enables us to grow the reach and popularity of La Liga to more and more fans around the world that play EA SPORTS FIFA every day.

“Our new agreement signifies our commitment to maintain this growth and create the best entertainment for football fans worldwide.”

The relationship between football league and video game series has spanned some 20 years already. As for club brand and kit exclusivity, there was no mention of that in the press release on Business Wire.

Some players may be fearing a similar situation to that of other divisions occurring in the future with La Liga, such as Juventus selling their brand rights to PES last season, but it doesn’t look like La Liga sides are going anywhere else any time soon.


Son Heung-min builds his dream “Ultimate player” in FIFA 21

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:25 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:28

by Bill Cooney


Tottenham star Son Heung-Min sat down with Irish footballer David Meyer to build the ultimate Hotspur card for FUT 21, and it would be an absolute titan were it real.

Son is generally considered one of the best wingers playing today, and was named EA Sports Premier League Player of the Month for the third time in October 2020.

Along with Meyer, the South Korean concocted an Ultimate Teammate, a monster of a card combining the best stats from Tottenham players including himself, albeit a bit reluctantly.

Each of the six stats that make up a FIFA player card — Pace, Shooting, Passing, Dribbling, Defense, and Physical — were included, and the end result is a Frankenstein’s Monster of skill that you would never want to go up against (though, we’d take him on our squad).

So, let’s take a look at what Son managed to cook up, starting with Pace, and running on through the list:

Pace — Lucas Moura

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Lucas is certainly speedy, so we can’t fault Son here.

For any fan of the Spurs, the choice of Lucas Moura for best Pace will come as no surprise, boasting a highly decent 92 on his regular gold card.

“Lucas is definitely faster than me,” Son laughed, when prodded by Meyer that he might actually have the edge in speed. EA apparently agrees, only giving the Winger an 88 Pace for his standard card.

Shooting — Harry Kane

Who else but Harry Kane? That 92 shooting will fit in quite nicely.

For shooting, the choice was none other than Harry Kane, who comes in with 92 in that category, one of the highest on Tottenham.

Again, Son was reluctant to name himself. Possibly because he’s a crack FIFA expert and was aware Kane has six more points in shooting than his 86, that, or he’s just doesn’t want to leave anyone out.

Dribbling — Lucas Moura

Despite considering Steven Bergwijn and himself (again) for best dribbling on Tottenham, Son once again went with the reliable pick of Moura.

While Bergwijn is only an 85 DRB, it could have really gone either way between the final two contestants, but an unwillingness to give himself much credit led to Lucas getting picked once again.

Passing — Giovani Lo Celso

Argentine Giovani Lo Celso was Son’s pick for Tottenham’s best passer.

For Passing, Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso got the nod, but only comes in with an 82 for his standard card in the stat. Still, we have to remember this was only Tottenham players that were able to be picked.

That, and Son has hooked with Son quite a few times for memorable goals over their careers, which could have been another factor in the pick.

Defending —Toby Alderweireld

Belgian back Toby Alderweireld’s 85 DEF got him a spot on the Ultimate card.

After joking that the upgrade to make his DEF 45 for his latest POTM card might be enough to finally make him choose himself, Son made a more reasonable choice and went with Alderweireld.

87 Defence is definitely nothing to scoff at, and put together with our sixth and final stat, it helps to make this “Ultimate Card” absolutely freakish.

Physical — Moussa Sissoko

Looking at the stats, it’s easy to see why Sissoko got the pick here.

Finally, rounding things out at Physical is Moussa Sissoko who comes in with an 89 — his best stat by far. This was one area where Son probably wouldn’t be considered either, on top of Defense.

Altogether, we get a 99 OVR card boasting 92 Pace, 91 Shooting, 82 Passing, 87 Dribbling, 87 Defense, and 89 Physical. Just imagine for a moment the price tag that would come along with the SBC for this bad boy.

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An absolute monstrosity, in more ways than one.

Luckily, Son’s Ultimate Teammate card will most likely never make it into FIFA 21 itself, as it would be massively overpowered — if you haven’t picked up on that already.

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