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FIFA snatches Champions League and Europa League licence from PES

On stage at EA Play 2018, Electronic Arts announced that the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are coming to FIFA with FIFA 19

The development comes after Konami failed to extend its 10 year deal with UEFA, which had ensured that it had remained a Pro Evolution Soccer exclusive since 2008.

The tournaments will be playable across all game modes, including The Journey and Ultimate Team.

Although the development is good news for FIFA fans, who will have even more authentic fixtures to play with, it’s hard not to feel bad for Pro Evolution Soccer, which has historically struggled to offer anything near the same amount of licences.

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This latest development will give Konami an even harder job at enticing players over to its underdog franchise.

That said, PES 2018 proved that Konami can still deliver the goods when it comes to gameplay. It’s also more focussed on offering a traditional football game experience while FIFA experiments with its singleplayer campaigns and collecting-focussed Ultimate Team mode.

For PES 2019, Konami has looked to regain fan confidence with announcements of exclusive league licences from around the world. The developer has recently confirmed licences for the Ladbrokes League (Scotland), the Danish league, Liga NOS (Portugal) and the Russian football Premier League.

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