Iceland team pull out of Fifa 17

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17Iceland national football team won’t be featured in a new video game because of a cash row with Electronic Arts (EA).

The KSI says Electronic Arts financial offer of 15,000 US dollars (£11,500) for their inclusion is below their expectations. The final offer was not accepted by EA. (Iceland, don’t forget, are the team that put England out of 2016 Euros!)

“They are the ones buying these rights and they almost want it for free,” said KSI president Geir Thorsteinsson.

“The performance at the Euros show that we are quite a good team and many would like to play with our team. It’s sad for the players – but the criticism should be towards EA Sports.”

The fee that EA pay teams that are included in the game covers the use of trademark and images rights. Iceland are 27th in the world, haven’t been featured in the previous editions of game, but were hopeful of getting into the latest version after their run into the quarter-finals of this summer’s Euro Championship.

Even India, who are ranked 148th in the world, are in the game.


Luke, Year 6

Burgh School

5 Responses to Iceland team pull out of Fifa 17

  1. Sarah Smith September 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    It’s a shame it comes down to money! I wonder if the bigger the team the bigger the amount they have to pay?

    Well done on your first article this academic year Luke.

  2. Luke September 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Thanks Miss Smith.

  3. Luke September 23, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    And the bigger the team they do have to pay more.

  4. charlie September 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Amazing article Luke, but it does not need to come down to money. Iceland deserve to be in Fifa 17

  5. Madison k October 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Oh, they do it down to money. I don’t think that’s right.