Everton has signed a two-year extension to its deal with EA Sports, becoming the latest English Premier League club to commit to the video games manufacturer and its flagship FIFA game brand.
Under the new agreement, which runs until the end of the 2014-15 season, Everton’s Goodison Park ground will makes its first appearance in the game when FIFA 14 launches on September 27. Fans will be able to download an exclusive Everton FIFA 14 cover after first-team players were captured using 3D head-scanning technology to ensure a high level of detail when they feature in the game’s latest edition. As in EA Sports’ agreements with other clubs, supporters will be able to play FIFA 14 when the EA Sports dugout is put in place at selected Goodison Park home matches.
Fellow Premier League clubs Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Southampton have also agreed or renewed similar deals with EA Sports this summer and other partners include Barcelona and Valencia of the Spanish Primera Division; Borussia Dortmund from the German 1.Bundesliga; Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain from France’s Ligue 1 and AC Milan of Italy’s Serie A.
Dan Holman, head of UK product marketing at EA Sports, said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Everton and especially to be adding Goodison Park to the stadium roster in FIFA 14. This will ensure fans will get a completely authentic experience. We look forward to working closely with the club over the next two years.”