As many people will know, FIFA and EA Sports have announced that the naming rights for the long-standing game series will not be renewed.
This brings to a close a partnership which spanned nearly three decades and brings a new identity to one of the most well known games in history.
These games have been enjoyed for years, both with friends and online. It is there for everyone, whether they are a hardcore gamer with the best Ultimate Team every year, or a casual player who picks up the controller once or twice a year to play with their friends.
There’s something for everyone, including quiet, offline experiences in Career Mode, where you move at your own pace, or a more frantic online time across Pro Clubs and FUT.
It’s not uncommon for footballers themselves to pick up the FIFA franchise and play either. When out injured, it’s been known for professionals to hop on the game and even stream it to fans.
Any footballer represented in the game who plays is given a 99-rated Ultimate Team item which suggests that footballers picking up the game is encouraged.
Some footballers, such as Sergio Aguero and Diogo Jota, have committed to making Twitch channels around the game, but one player you might not expect to be involved is N’Golo Kante.
Seen on the Snapchat story of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kante was caught reacting to his games with his English teammate.
Callum couldn’t hold in his joy at playing three games against the French defensive midfielder and winning all three.
At the time of the video starting, the Englishman was 4-0 up against Kante at half-time, which prompted an uncharacteristic response from the man who is always smiling.
Kante has a reputation for being a wholesome and humble guy. It goes alongside his world-class ability on the pitch and his jaw dropping trophy cabinet off it.
He’s close to completing football from a silverware perspective, but those skills don’t translate quite so well to the virtual pitch.
Once 4-0 down, Kante turned off the PlayStation console and walked off, while Callum Hudson-Odoi was uncontrollably laughing.
FIFA has been known for being able to make players rage, but it’s a whole new step for the franchise to get under the skin of N’Golo Kante.