Juventus becomes ‘Piemonte Calcio’ for ‘FIFA 20’ after EA loses rights


Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his first goal with Juventus. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

Fans of The Old Lady won’t be able to play as their favourite football team in the upcoming “FIFA 20.”

Juventus has ended its rights agreement with EA Sports’ popular “FIFA” franchise and reached a deal with Konami, the producer of Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) – the rival of “FIFA.”

The new deal with Konami means PES will exclusively hold gaming rights to Juventus’s name, kit, badge and stadium going forward.

In “FIFA 20,” Juventus fans will still be able to play as Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Aaron Ramsey and the rest of the eight-time defending Serie A champions as the player likenesses will remain in the game, but they’ll be playing as fictional Turin club “Piemonte Calcio” – an ode to Piemonte (or Piedmont), the region of in Italy in which Turin resides.

EA Sports addressed the rights change in a release Tuesday on its website, clarifying what Juventus fans can expect in “FIFA 20”:

The end of the partnership between EA Sports and Juventus Football Club will have the following effects in “FIFA 20” and future “FIFA” mobile seasons:

• Piemonte Calcio will be a new playable team in FIFA 20 with a custom badge and kit throughout kick-off, career mode and EA Sports Volta football.
• Piemonte Calcio will use real-world, authentic players in “FIFA 20” and ultimate Team.
• Piemonte Calcio players’ chemistry within ultimate team is unaffected by these changes.

“FIFA 20” will feature an extensive collection of clubs and leagues representative of The World’s Game when it launches this September.

The latest instalment of PES, “EFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020,” is set for release on Sept. 10, while “FIFA 20” is expected to drop on Sept. 27.

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