PlayStation was offered the exclusive rights to FIFA in the 90s instead of EA, but turned down the deal

It’s been revealed that FIFA could have ended up belonging to PlayStation instead of EA in the 90s, if it wasn’t for the fact that Sony decided to turn down the rights. 

In an interview with Time Extension, EA’s former vice president of European marketing, Tom Stone, stated that prior to the renewal of the FIFA license in 1997, he had a meeting with Chris Deering, who served as the president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe at the time. At this point, Deering told him that Sony had been offered the rights by ISL (who dealt with FIFA licensing back then), which Stone was “really cross” about – the deal had apparently been offered without EA knowing.

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