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 GamesIndustry.biz, 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