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Konami Secures Licensed UEFA Assets For PES 2009

Back in 2005, EA secured the exclusive NFL rights to be used in their blockbuster Madden franchise, which some gamers weren't too happy about. In fact, EA was even sued by some seriously annoyed gamers who claimed this was illegal in the current market, although that lawsuit didn't go very well (from what we've heard). And did you know EA also holds most of the rights to European soccer leagues?

This is one of the reasons why FIFA has been a great choice for avid followers of the sport, but not only is Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer franchise a major competitor, it also has the benefit of added authenticity...same as EA. According to, Konami has recently revealed their next installment - Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 - will boast new licensing deals with the UEFA! This includes the Manchester United and Liverpool teams, as well as additional licensed assets from the UEFA, and that means the competition just got a bit stiffer. Some already believe the PES series tops the FIFA series in terms of quality, although many are expecting great efforts from both sides this year. However, whatever the result, at least EA can't say they're the only ones with licensed content.

Will EA ever relinquish their vice-like grasp on those NFL rights? Probably not. So long as that series continues to make them boat-loads of money, the exclusive rights will probably remain with EA, but this is still good news for soccer fans.

Related Game(s): Pro Evolution Soccer 2008

9/14/2008 John Shepard

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Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 6:18:07 AM

sorry john, just some things need sorting out, PES has alwayz been able to have the license for two teams in the english prem league, they change the two teams each yr, this year it just happens to be manchester utd and liverpools turn, second PES has all the license's to all the other league's, its only in england where they cant get the offial license as fifa own it, in italy, spain etc, they have all the license's to all the teams. The new license they aquired this yr was just the one to represent the offical champions league one, however they have alwayz had this tornamount in games, just never with the offial game, and in the UK PES has beat sales of fifa for 5 yrs running. sorry to sound boring i kno "soccer" isnt big in the states but its huge over here, just wanted to point out a few things.

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Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 7:16:17 AM

Pro Evo has always been a more complete football (soccer) game than Fifa, just most people have opted for the authentic kits, names and badges over better gameplay and graphics. I always find that Fifa boasts alot about player likenesses and amazing graphics but that's only because the game looks like it's played through a camera smeared in Vaseline! As soon as there's a close up of a player, especially cover player Wayne Rooney, they look atrousious! I played the Fifa demo yesterday with my housemate. Want to know what the most fun part of the demo is? The loading screens when the camera goes 3rd person and you take pot-shots at the keeper.
Cavan is correct in saying that PES has had the rights for a while to have 2 EPL teams, but I still think having the UEFA Champs League involved shows Konami are slowly working their way upwards...and also you have to say (unless you're a fan of one of the 2 teams) Man U and Liverpool are much better licensed teams than Newcastle and Spurs...
Oh and one last point with the edit function back to its complete best in this series, you can always create *cough* download *cough* your own option file that has authentic names and kits...

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Monday, September 15, 2008 @ 3:17:42 PM

i prefer pro to fifa, because pro is more original and is more in depth with game play. In fifa, you can do alot of moves, but when you are actually playing a match, its useless. I played the fifa 09 demo and it looked exactly like fifa 08.

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