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  • Ascended Fanon: The inclusion of the Liga I from Romania in FIFA 20; prior, it was one of the most frequent additions of modders to the game. Compounded by the fact that the game was developed by EA Romania.
  • Big Name Fan: According to Steve Schnur, the longtime soundtrack curator for EA Sports, Radiohead offered to license their song "Myxomatosis" to Fifa 2004 as the band had become big fans of the franchise.
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  • Cash Cow Franchise: Outside of U.S. it's essentially the biggest selling sports title EA Sports develops globally. To put it into perspective it easily doubles the sales of Madden on a yearly basis. Sales are usually north of 10 million copies these days. The popular mode Ultimate Team, heavily driven by micro-transactions to get an edge, now brings in around a billion dollars a year by itself. Unsurprisingly EA sought to quickly add the mode to it's other sports franchises.
  • Creator Provincialism: Given most of the recent games are made by EA Canada, Canadians teams are usually overrated, and the BC Place in Vancouver is recreated in detail.
  • Colbert Bump: Thanks to FIFA 15, "Walk" by Kwabs has become widely popular in Germany.
  • Dueling Games: With Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer, to a point that, as the Noughties went on, both series cornered the football game market and turned it into a duopoly.
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  • Port Overdosed: Strangely, FIFA 14 became this before it was even released. It was announced for iOS, Android, Nintendo 3DS, PC, PS2 (although Europe-exclusive), PS3, PS4, PSP, PS Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii. Twelve platforms for near-simultaneous release. It may be the first game release ever, barring remakes and compilations, to span three console generations. There will be no Wii U port, however, due to the low sales of Wii U consoles and and EA's lack of support of the system.
  • What Could Have Been: Sega shelled out a lot of money to make FIFA 95 exclusive to the Genesis, and had an option that would have made FIFA 96 exclusive to the Genesis, 32X and Saturn if they were willing to pay for it. When it came to actually making that decision however, Sega supposedly only bothered looking at how 95 had performed in the USA — where the series generally sells the least, and where they were being outsold considerably by Nintendo, as opposed to Europe, where the sport is much more popular and where the Genesis (or Mega Drive) was curb-stomping the SNES in sales — and blew off the deal. 96 turned out to be a smash hit on nearly every console, and EA never made Sega or anyone else another exclusivity offer.
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