No Official Welsh Team in UEFA Euro 2012

April 24, 2012 -

UPDATE: Eurogamer has confirmed an even more alarming fact for fans of this release: 24 out of the 53 teams featured in the Euro 2012 expansion are "generic" unlicensed squads.

A spokesperson for the company said it would have been ideal to license all those teams but "the realities of negotiating terms with 53 separate national football associations meant that was impossible to achieve." Here is what they told Eurogamer:

"The national teams in Euro 2012 are a combination of teams officially licensed or covered by our FIFPro license, and generic teams. While we would like to have every national team officially licensed, of the 53 national teams in the game, 29 are licensed. The remaining ones are generic.

"The inclusion of national teams is negotiated between EA and each national football association, which we need to license individually. Licensing teams and leagues is a business decision based on market size and limited resources, and within these parameters, we were not able to negotiate an agreement with every football association to have their national team included within the game.
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Original Story: The latest FIFA title, UEFA Euro 2012, will not make Welsh footballer fans happy. Apparently the latest title from EA Sports does not contain the official team for Wales because the publisher did not secure an official license for it. As noted by C&VG, the game includes a playable Wales team, but none of the official kits or players names are correct.

"I don't know why but maybe the people at FIFA no longer see us as a footballing nation and think we are no longer worthy of a place in the game," said one fan, speaking to C&VG.

C&VG also points out that licensing teams can be tricky because they have to negotiate with each individual team. They apparently come to agreement with Welsh FA.

Source: C&VG


 
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