Sorry FIFA fans, it looks like the popular soccer (futbol) game is going freemium this year. Electronic Arts made the not-so-surprising announcement during its Gamescom press conference in Germany this morning.

This means that when FIFA 14, or whatever it’s going to be called, hits mobile devices later this year, it’ll utilize EA’s free-to-play business model. So while it’ll be free to download, it’ll likely be rife with in-app purchases…

Engadget reports from the press conference:

“Andrew Wilson is back out on-stage to talk FIFA. First up is FIFA Online, the free-to-play, Asia-centric version of the FIFA franchise.

Apparently that free-to-play ethos is extending to FIFA mobile as well. This year’s FIFA mobile will arrive free of charge. Though, come on, of course there’ll be micro-transactions.”

Of course, the news isn’t surprising. EA has seen a lot of success with the freemium business model, first with The Simpsons Tapped Out, and more recently with Real Racing 3 and Plants vs. Zombies 2. In fact, it announced on its latest earnings call that the App Store is now its biggest money-maker—over $90 million last quarter.

Still, you hate to see titles go this route, because you know there’s going to be some kind of trade-off. Either you’re going to need an IAP to advance in the game, or you’re going to be endlessly annoyed by them, or both.

Any thoughts on this?

  • Ry Guy


    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I hope that was sarcasm speaking there since EA has effectively single handedly destroyed mobile gaming and I’ll be sure to never buy another game off them a) because it will no longer be possible since they’ll all be free and b) because I would not want to contribute in any way, shape, or form to the further destruction of mobile gaming. The way things are going at the moment I’ll be much better off with a PS Vita than an iPhone or iPad…

      • Ry Guy

        Oh trust me it was sarcasm.

  • I don’t know why anybody could be happy with this. FIFA was perhaps the best sports game on the App Store, and now it’s going to be ruined – just like Plants vs Zombies 2 was.

    It’s no surprise that EA was voted one of the worst companies in America – and they’re only getting worse.

    • What?

      The best sports game on iOS is NBA 2K13!

      • Biken Dangol

        No I’m surely it’s Fifa. It has multiplayer and Online option! Best thing for short online game.

      • Origins

        Well to be fair NBA also has online multiplayer so…

      • XboxOne

        no. look at the ratings. FIFA 13 #1 Sports game in the AppStore!

  • Boss

    $3.99 or something ridiculous unlock each team / players you know EA lol

  • Crispy

    Burn in eternal hellfire EA! Bastards.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    After watching that video my first reaction is what have they done to the gameplay? Everyone knows that joysticks > touch controls. The gameplay in that video reminds me of the gameplay from an old game of Pro Evolution Soccer I own for my dust-collecting Nintendo Wii…

    • Singed

      D’aw man, Wii wasn’t THAT bad!

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        In my defence I never said it (the Nintendo Wii) was bad just said it was collecting dust 😉

      • Damian W

        PES is much better than fifa in any aspect, except licensing. It has been better than fifa since 1998 and every year after.

      • Singed

        And how is that related to the fact that the Wii is collecting dust in our homes?

      • Damian W

        It is not. I just wanted to state that FIFA is a garbage game not worth a penny. After 1999, they had nothing new to offer in terms of gameplay.

      • Singed

        Well, that is true, as painful as it might be. All the good ones are finished three times over long ago… *sigh* if only more devs would have seen how great the Wii was, in it’s own way.

  • Deta

    Well I know who I’m voting for….congrats EA

    • Mark

      Lol. They want to be worst company 3 years in a row.

  • Isda1

    The “new touch controls” look like a disaster

  • abdullah575

    the controls sucks the old one is better!!

    • felixtaf

      Really lame touch controls…. Looks like playing warcraft or AOE…

  • MHCsk

    I bought all Fifa games for iPhone, but if there will be micro transactions all over the game then f*ck it, im going with iAppFree. There you have it EA for ruining the best sports game on iPhone.

    • bw00ds

      Just like they did for RR3.

  • Oh no no no no

    Please tell me those controls are optional…I won’t even download it if there’s no joystick. What the fk have they done?

  • felixtaf

    Hope FIFA 13 will be my last FIFA game… 6.99$ is much better than IAP to unlock teams/players….

  • Nova

    I am going to hack the sh!t out of this game. 😀

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Please do it’s the only way EA will learn

      • felixtaf

        Somebody needs to hack their silly brain and stop this freemium craps….

  • felixtaf

    Jus saw the FIFA 14 gameplay… Touch controls are the only controls or its optional? Its weird to play FIFA with touch controls (for me atleast)….

  • Gerardo Castro


  • Prasoon Singh

    What a fail…

  • Piyush

    We should boycott freemium games.

  • XboxOne

    screw u EA.

  • Hidos Yilmaz

    Sorry FIFA fans, it looks like the popular soccer (futbol) game is going freemium this year. <– "futbol" needs to be football. No idea whether it is intended as some sort of sarcasm or it is a real mistake. Still wanted to point it out though.

    • StarViruZ

      “Futbol” it’s popular on Mexico, Spain and many other Latin america countries and it’s used like a pronuntation of football if you speak it.

      • Isda1

        Football was invented by the english, why should they write “futbol” ?

      • StarViruZ

        Nope, maybe you’re confused with the “American football”. And soccer is invented on the british islands and inspirated on the ball game of mayans and greeks.

      • Isda1

        Yeah i’m confused, I don’t get it why you guys call American Football (which is also invented by the English) Football. And then you correct me by calling it “soccer”?? It’s Football, not soccer, not “futbol” (I get why other countries write it like that, but not an american website) it’s FOOTBALL.

  • Dave

    This is why I pre-ordered FIFA 14 for PC.

  • Daniel Hernández


  • StarViruZ

    I never liked FIFA mobile games and I will never like them until Perro Bermudez comes to mobile platforms. It’s the most interesting man on soccer in Mexico with his quotes 🙂

  • marco1993

    EA don’t be that guy
    The guy who ruined FIFA!!!!

  • Rick

    Damn! Goodbye FIFA. I’ll just enjoy playing FIFA 13 until it gets too old. Gonna try out PES afterwards.

  • bw00ds

    Oh, yeah, the highly successful RR3 where they bait and switched ya. Changing the rules of play from v1.2 to v1.3. Everyone is ticked off. They absolutely ruined the best iOS racing game out there. I would be very careful before you bite into EA’s “freemium” enticements.

  • Najeé Mosely

    After seeing this, I’m not getting rid of FiFa 13


    If they could have fifa on ios just like on ps vita, it would be justified. But they won’t, so…