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FIFA 14 petition calls for female players

Sunday, 14th April 2013 23:40 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Once more into the fray, dear friends; sign your name on the dotted line to ask EA Sports to include women in a FIFA game.

Another Change.org petition has surfaced, this time targeting the upcoming FIFA 14, which is yet to be fully revealed. Organisers call for female characters to be playable in-game, something the franchise has overlooked in every release to date.

Women’s soccer is rapidly gaining popularity as a spectator sport around the world, spurred on by a great tournament at the London 2012 Olympics. Accrding to the petition’s materials, 40% of US soccer players are female, and according to the ESA, 47% of gamers are, too.

This isn’t the first time a petition has fought to see FIFA become more inclusive, but last year’s efforts bore no fruit, with series producer David Rutter saying EA Sports has “no plans” to follow through.

What makes EA’s stubbornness particularly interesting is that both FIFA and NHL are developed by EA Canada, but while the flagship sports franchise remains adamantly all-male, the hockey series has opened its borders. NHL 13 features a couple of female players, inspired by a teenage girl’s letter written to all-round rad guy Peter Moore, then head of the EA Sports label and now COO (and potential CEO).

Thanks, GwynbleiddiuM.

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9 Comments

  1. UuBuU

    The problem is its not just a case of adding a few female players to the game. The FIFA series is supposed to accurately reflect football leagues and tournaments, so you can’t have female players mingled in with mens teams, or female teams playing against mens teams. To do it properly, they’d effectively have to have a game within a game with all the leagues, teams and players from womens football ~ and have it completely separated from the mens side of the game.

    It would almost make more sense to have a separate spinoff FIFA game for womens football ~ but then theres a risk it wont sell well at all. Sure there are lots of female gamers out there ~ but how many of them play sports games?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. NightCrawler1970

    Im pretty sure, that there is a way to add another DVD for female league, like in the game “emperor, The Batle Of Dune” wich had 1 Install CD, and 3 family CD like Harkonen and others… same price… 60 bucks…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. xXNapsterManXx

    For me this seem like a waste of time and money, I’d rather they figured out how to add game simulation to player career mode(Playing 38+ games takes awhile) Also they need to add more leagues and countries to flesh the game out.

    Oh and remove Ultimate Team it breeds bad FIFA players :P

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Kabby

    To Kickstarter!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. GwynbleiddiuM

    They can at the very least add female national teams, it’s not something impossibly time consuming and I’m sure it is going to be a worthy and fruitful effort.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mojo

    “The FIFA series is supposed to accurately reflect football ”

    Ha, good one!

    im not sure this is viable.
    ever watched a real womens football game?
    They need to tone the player attributes to 5-10 to “accurately reflect football” and im not sure if that would still be fun to play.
    I mean its for a reason everyone plays with the top teams or at least 4 star teams.

    its just not fun if your players are slow, cant shoot shit and your artificialy limited by the players technical capabilities.

    lets face it, women football is just boring.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Telepathic.Geometry

    It’s a game, all things are possible.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. FeaturePreacher

    I wonder how much it would cost EA to get the licenses to use the ladies and their teams and if potential sales would offset it enough. My guess would be no for the small number of players who would want this. I wonder if making a cricket title would be more advantageous to EA’s bottom line than this.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sini

    Think of the nude patch. What the headline should be on petition site.

    #9 2 years ago

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