Bundesliga has extended its licensing rights deal with EA Sports, where the German league is set to continue appearing in the FIFA gaming series.
DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and Bundesliga International came to an agreement with the video game publisher that sees EA retain the exclusive license rights for match simulation. The deal includes Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2, the German Supercup as well as all clubs and players.
“In a relationship spanning more than 20 years, we have seen the rise and rise of EA SPORTS FIFA, to it becoming one of the most recognizable brands in the world,” CEO of Bundesliga International, Robert Klein said in a statement.
“Through EA SPORTS FIFA, fans across the globe are connected to the Bundesliga, its world-class players and unique clubs. We look forward to working with EA on multiple projects, this season and into the future.”
The German top-flight league said that continuation of the partnership allows for the competition to reach fans around the world and ensures the long-term presence of the league.
“Our partnership with Bundesliga further cements EA SPORTS FIFA as the most authentic, interactive football experience in the world. Only in FIFA 21 can the Bundesliga’s millions of fans play as all 18 clubs, from last year’s champions to newly promoted teams – stepping out in stadia from Paderborn’s Benteler-Arena, to the Stadion an der Alten Försterei in Berlin or even competing in Der Klassiker in front of Signal Iduna Park’s yellow wall,” Vice President and GM of EA SPORTS FIFA, Nick Wlodyka said.
“We’re excited to continue to build on our Bundesliga partnership, supporting the ambitious tech capabilities and esports vision of the DFL.“
Bundesliga said that they had a long-term commitment to both the Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) and Esports. The partnership will see EA and the league continue to develop Esports competitions such as the VBL. The VBL Open has had 130,000 participants and was the most popular FIFA Esports competition out of the professional football leagues. The VBL Club Championship has also been run since 2018/19 and is competed by Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 clubs.