FIFA 17 won’t be including Iceland’s national team amongst its rosters as a recent dispute over money has caused the team to be excluded.
As reported by the BBC, Iceland’s football association turned down EA’s $15,000 offer and instead made its own counter-offer, which was not accepted by EA.
It’s a bit of a pity, as Iceland turned out to be one of the most exciting sides to watch at the recent Euro 2016 event held earlier this year, and also provided one of the best commentator freak-outs to date when Iceland scored a last-minute winning goal against Austria:
It seems the KSI are also aware of their teams growth in popularity, as it is clear they wanted more money out of the deal with EA.
“They are the ones buying these rights and they almost want it for free,” KSI president Geir Thorsteinsson to the BBC.
“The performance at the Euros show that we are quite a good team and many would like to play with our team. It’s sad for the players – but the criticism should be towards EA Sports.”
“I really feel if we are giving away rights, or offering rights, it has to be proper negotiations and fair fees.” added Thorsteinsson.
“I didn’t feel that this was done in a fair and open manner.”
Since EA’s reputations for wanting to suck its consumers, and their wallets, dry is pretty bad as is, I find it particularly amusing that, for once, someone has turned around and asked the publisher for more money, as I don’t think it’s something that happens very often for the publishing giant.
Either way, FIFA 17 is just a week away from releasing, with the latest iteration set to launch worldwide on 29 September, so you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on what may be the best FIFA game to date.
Telkom Gaming recently checked out the demo released for the game ahead of its release. You can find all the inside info here.