FIFA 17 will be "the only La Liga official videogame", as both publisher Electronic Arts and La Liga ambassador Fernando Morientes announced at Santiago Bernabéu during the game's official presentation.
The deal means that (just as is already happening with the English Premier League) EA gets the exclusive licensing rights on the teams, players and stadiums from Spain.
Inevitably, this announcement will have eyes turning to Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, because for the upcoming season Konami will now have to negotiate rights individually with each club. With that in mind it's currently unknown how many Spanish clubs with 'real' players that PES 2017 will include at launch.
Despite the new deal EA won't comment on how many Spanish stadiums fans can expect to see in FIFA 17. Both FIFA 15 and 16 ended up with just four arenas (Nou Camp, Bernabéu, Mestalla and Vicente Calderón), but with the new deal footie-lovers can now hope to see Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán (Sevilla) or the brand new San Mamés (Bilbao) included in the game.
La Liga ambassador Fernando Morientes stated his opinion that "we have the world's best league and EA are the best with football games." Nicknamed "El Moro", the former Madrid, Mónaco, Liverpool and Valencia player, showed that he's not just good with the feet, beating EA Sports marketing manager Yeray Romera in a hands-on FIFA 17 match. Naturally he played Real Madrid.
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