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EA quietly benches old FIFA games from digital stores

As of today,FIFA 23and any other game in the series released before this week’sEA Sports FC 24is unavailable to buy on digital platforms.

Industry analyst MauroNL noticed the earlier entries in the sports series (fromFIFA 14toFIFA 23)were quietly delisted from the PlayStation and Xbox stores, along with Steam and the Epic Games Store. As Kotaku points out, the games are either unable to be purchased or just wholly missing from the storefronts.

It’s worth noting that starting with FC 24, EA is droppingits almost 30-year licensing agreement with FIFA. As a result, the series has been rebranded to EA Sports FC (Football Club) going forward. Even so, these delisting were done without any warning or comment from EA, at the time of writing.

“At the request of the publisher,EA SPORTS™ FIFA 23 is unlisted on the Steam store and will not appear in search,” reads the game’s Steam page. It’s unclear if that game, or any of the others, will return at any point.

The sole exceptions to the delisting appear to be both23andFIFA 22,whichcan still be played via the EA Play subscription service. Meanwhile, some ofthe DLC foreach affected game are still available for purchase.

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