Serie A inks FIFA 19 licensing deal with EA Sports, Konami out

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Lega Serie A, the organisers of top division Italian football, have announced licensing deal with EA Sports that will see Serie A feature in the upcoming FIFA 19 video game which is slated for its worldwide release on September 28, 2018.

The move ends Seria A’s partnership with rival video game company Konami Entertainment, the incumbent rights holder of a number of Serie A teams in Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). EA Sports was forced was forced to refer to Serie A as ‘Calcio A’ in FIFA 18.

EA Sports FIFA 19 will now include Serie A TIM, providing fans with an authentic Italian football league. This includes customization of in-game elements, such as the official logo, sleeve badge on players’ kits, the official ball and the Coppa di Campione d’Italia trophy, that will be available for the 117th edition of Italian football’s top-level club competition, states the official release from Serie A.

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FIFA 19 fans can now enjoy the new UEFA Champions League tournament mode featuring all the drama from the group stage through to the final or play a custom version of the tournament with any European club of their choice included in the game.

Gaetano Miccichè, Chairman of Italian Lega Serie A, “We are very happy to come back in a famous and popular game like FIFA 19. The agreement signed with an internationally renowned partner such as EA SPORTS testifies the worldwide recognition that our Championship is having. The presence of the Serie A TIM in FIFA 19 will allow us to consolidate our brand in the electronic games market, a sector where we want to play a leading role in the next years. All football enthusiasts can enjoy exciting matches, trying to win the Coppa di Campione d’Italia”.

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Maurizio Finocchiaro, Electronic Arts Italy General Manager, said, “We’re excited to announce the return of Serie A TIM in FIFA19, especially for the high potential of the next season for Italian football. This is a crucial step for Electronic Arts to ensure to all fans, both Italian and international ones, the highest level of authenticity for their game experience.”

FIFA 19 will be available worldwide on September 28, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch systems.

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