UEFA EURO 2012's Unlicensed Content, EA Responds
Written Wednesday, April 25, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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EA has responded to fan outrage that almost half of the teams featured in the UEFA EURO 2012 add-on for FIFA 12 are unlicensed.

Yesterday, fans reacted poorly when they discovered that many of the teams and players, including those of one of the host nations, had fake names and kits. EA has now attempted to explain why, saying that - basically - it was too expensive.

“The national teams in Euro 2012 are a combination of teams officially licensed or covered by our FIFPro license, and generic teams,” said the statement. “While we would like to have every national team officially licensed, of the 53 national teams in the game, 29 are licensed. The remaining ones are generic.

“The inclusion of national teams is negotiated between EA and each national football association, which we need to license individually. Licensing teams and leagues is a business decision based on market size and limited resources, and within these parameters, we were not able to negotiate an agreement with every football association to have their national team included within the game.”

In addition to all of this, players have also complained that the add-on causes freezing and crashes. EA are still “investigating” the issue.


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Comment #1 by Jornny Ramone
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:15:23 AM
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I suppose they couldn't have added comments to the download description warning people to expect unlicensed teams/fake names, but with a game like Fifa, you kind of expect it as standard. Haven't picked up Fifa 12 so I'll be avoiding this anyway.

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Comment #2 by WonderCaliban
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:15:23 AM
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The teams may be expenive seperatly, but this add on is too expensive for me.

Especially as you can already play country vs countrybin the full game. Even set up my own custom tourney. Just an expensive new menu as far as i can see.

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Comment #3 by nazhitsreallyhard
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:17:46 AM
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The question I wanna ask the idiots at EA is, "why didn't you say this BEFORE you released it?".

To thosE who bought it, well I have no sympathy because you should've known EA would do this. I mean, its EA!!!

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Comment #4 by WonderCaliban
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:18:15 AM
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Is one of the teams DurkaDurkastan?

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Comment #5 by coljay
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:22:06 AM
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Thanks EA for telling me now after i bought the DLC. Now im pissed at least let us know before we buy it. EA is fucking me off now.

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Comment #6 by Weirdy Beardie
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:23:51 AM
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Wow - EA really are intent on circling the drain. Now they've made an arse with what might be their biggest annual cash-cow.

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Comment #7 by 123yhman
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:23:56 AM
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Glad I haven't brought this DLC

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Comment #8 by coljay
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 03:33:53 AM
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This might aswell be PES Euro 2012 lol

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Comment #9 by BipolarGlenn
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:09:17 AM
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@4 That's some funny shit. OT: EA you suck. Are the teams in FIFA 12 not transferrable to DLC?

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Comment #10 by SlySi1976
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:12:03 AM
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Well I may be the only one who is really enjoying this,worth the points

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Comment #11 by Bistric
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:12:14 AM
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What's next for EA? A shooter without guns or enemies, because it would have been too expensive to program them into the game?
Can't wait for their NBA reboot, maybe I can play as BeLorn Majes or Boke Rybant? Or Temma World War!

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Comment #12 by l.maciver
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:25:44 AM
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so if its too expensive then why the hell do people have to pay 1800msp for content they could have create by themselfs.

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Comment #13 by the action frampton
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:47:59 AM
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Comment #14 by Paulpaps
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 04:55:16 AM
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I was going to get this, but now I won't. That's shocking expecting us to pay for unlicensed teams in a LICENSED add on. Pathetic really. Probably the worst thing I've seen a game publisher do.

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Comment #15 by aseddon130
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 05:14:01 AM
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woohoo EA bashing is fun, isn't it peeps?

At least they are being truthful and not just ignoring the whinging. Nobody is forcing you to buy it, i suppose it now explains why these things are normally on a disc at £39.99 ... seems weird if they can get the Team Licenses for Fifa 12 they don't just carry over onto this addon pack as it just an addon pack, not a fully fledged game.

It gives Fifa 12 fans an excuse to play more Fifa so it's not all bad. My brother says it's been fine so far, can't see me getting this addon pack though.

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Comment #17 by FreiZeitGeipel
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:10:15 AM
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Licenses were the only reason to choose FIFA over PES. Ridiculous, EA.

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Comment #18 by GodsmacKam
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 06:33:02 AM
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...Dude, it's just a game...and it weren't any life or death DLC either...

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Comment #20 by A Social Reject
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:08:07 AM
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@19 Your 'products' are about as real as half of these teams.

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Comment #21 by streetunderpt
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:22:41 AM
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What about the technical issues???? no word on that????

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Comment #22 by Ashy999au
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 07:34:43 AM
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Comment #23 by MartyMcFly
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:19:12 AM
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#14 Said it best.

@15 - If they wanted to be "truthful" then they should've stated from the beginning that it contained unlicensed content. In a way, this is could be considered false advertising.

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Comment #24 by MartyMcFly
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:21:19 AM
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This is the exact quote from when the expansion was announced by EA:

“recreate the passion and rivalry of the official tournament with all 53 UEFA member national teams, all eight official stadiums, and all the pageantry and atmosphere of one of the largest and most-watched sporting events on the planet.”

Notice it says "with all 53 UEFA member national teams".


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Comment #25 by Dead m3tal
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:50:55 AM
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Liscenced or not 1800 msp for shitty content and only 250 extra gamer score is a joke

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Comment #26 by darky the hun
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 08:51:55 AM
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I suppose they needed to make a patch to make the DLC work with the game, soooo....
$40k well spent.

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Comment #27 by gazmaster1
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:04:29 AM
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This is complete and utter dog shit. EA really blaming the cost and saying they dont have the cash to get all the teams. EA you lied to us, we all thought we were getting ''all 53 UEFA member national teams'' which turned out to not be as true as we all thought. I cant believe how they went about this and how it turned out.

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Comment #28 by NFP911
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 10:19:39 AM
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i agree with most here. Its not only the lack of licenses but where the hell ist Qualification mode where you play the games BEFORE the tournament? Was it to expensive to program? FU EA

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Comment #29 by Turbojugend LA
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:14:56 AM
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Know what else is "too expensive"? This DLC.

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Comment #30 by Spun77xLucky Stricke
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 11:58:46 AM
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Comment #31 by bazmitch
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 01:18:57 PM
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#10 SlySi1976. You're not the only one, I'm enjoying it too. Well worth the points though I am glad it wasn't a £40 retail game.

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Comment #32 by RikusTwilight
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:20:16 PM
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It seems like they had to have individual agreements with each and every team in order to license them. I can see how that would be costly. They've done this in the past with the previous Euro's with Holland and stuff and yet the outrage then wasn't nearly as bad/no outrage at all simply because it wasn't reported on.

I do hate the current trend of hating every single little thing. If you don't like it, don't play it - simple as. Don't come on here, expressing your anger at something you won't ever even play just to make yourself feel that extra bit more important today.

Oh and for the record - most of the 'unlicensed' teams are teams that no one is ever going to play as anyway so you're not even going to care/notice.

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Comment #33 by JoshStan09
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 02:50:50 PM
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why everyone complaining? if u dont like it dont buy it, i think the dlc is a great idea and it saves u spending £40 on the full game.

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Comment #34 by StandardGamer
Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 05:32:33 AM
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I cannot urge everyone yet to pay for this to avoid this dlc. I have been buying EA games for years and have appropriately low expectations, but this dlc really is a new low. I am not prone to exaggeration and this should be kept in mind when reading my comments.

For all the complaints about server issues and unlicensed teams, my main gripe is the fact that you cannot play on-line with your friends. That's right - no friendlies, no leagues and no tournaments. I literally cannot fathom what EA were thinking with this - I can only assume it was an oversight through apathy on their part, as there is no obvious reason why they would remove this.

More fool me for not checking first, but this was such a basic feature in my mind that I didn't even entertain the idea that they may have removed it. Like many other Fifa players, I have no interest in playing the CPU, so all I am left with is a glitchy tournament mode playing against strangers.

An absolutely pathetic release - I cannot remember ever being angry at myself for buying a game / dlc before. Every Fifa game feels incomplete as it is, but this feels like they were not even trying.

Add to this the day one dlc issue with Mass Effect 3 and the various Battlefield issues (you can now pay to modify your own server - you know, like every other game does for free - and the game will kick you out if you are rotated into a map from a dlc pack you don't have) and I am struggling to think of a worse relationship I have had with a company than I currently do with EA.

If you read nothing else of my post, read this: please, PLEASE do not buy this dlc.

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Comment #35 by celticbhoy1
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 09:25:04 PM
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stop crying like little babys if you dont like it then why did u buy it? i for one bought it and think its great, so what if some of the teams and players are fake

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Comment #36 by Boooooom XD
Sunday, April 29, 2012 @ 02:50:59 PM
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Wow I didn't realise FIFA turned into PES... First FIFA game in 5 years and EA goes and makes it all unbearable again..

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Comment #37 by Ned King
Thursday, May 10, 2012 @ 12:36:04 PM
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@35 Why do dicks like U come on and say if U don't like it don't buy it,how the hell do U know U don't like it unless U play the bloody game.Most who posted here got the game when it first came out so nobody new how shit it was until they played the game.They just went by the advert EA released that said U could play with all teams from the Euros,its not gamers fault that EA lied.

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Comment #38 by DTM V1
Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 07:30:23 AM
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my thoughts are that the dlc fundlemently isnt half bad am enjoying expidition mode would like to see more of it down the line

but yes the price is steep for what it is but it does have all 53 member nationtion but it doesnt say that they are offical or not so mute point
but i can see the arguement on the fact that it is an offical dlc so it should have officalness all over the shop

but look at it this way id rather pay 1800 msp for this then a full retail price that EA normally do every 2 years

see they learning a little not a lot jus a little

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Comment #39 by taffaroo97
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 01:29:52 AM
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@ 24 all the teams on the game are UEFA members dumb-ass

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Comment #40 by PyschoJ2456
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 10:20:24 AM
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Hey Hey Everybody........ just chill the hell out, who really cares is the teams from san marino and cyprus are fake. Most people play has one of about 12 teams anyways. Just deal with or dont buy it. No one understands that IT IS VERY EXPENSIVE and TIME CONSUMING TO GET LISCENCES for all 53 teams. If There would have been full liscencing, then it would not have been $22.50, it would have $60. Play the game because its good, not because of names.

I like this dlc especially expedition. It adds to the already great game, its more than just career mode where your best players always "want a change of scenery" and complain about playing time or teams ask ridiculous transfer prices for backup players at best.

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