UEFA EURO 2012's Unlicensed Content, EA Responds
Written Wednesday, April 25, 2012 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
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.