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EA disproves allegations that it will refuse to sell physical games in certain regions of Europe

The video game producer Electronic Arts (EA) has denied rumors that it would stop selling physical copies of games in various parts of Europe. This suggests that the company intends to carry on as usual, according to a piece by IGN.

According to an EA representative, consumers will still be able to buy the games from stores throughout the region because the video game business has not stopped selling its products in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.

The statement made it clear that prior claims to the contrary misrepresent the disclosures made in EA Germany’s statutory financial records. This data was provided in response to a request that surfaced on Thursday, October 27, regarding whether or not the business has stopped selling its games in physical form.

EA disproves allegations that it will refuse to sell physical games in certain regions of Europe
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EA Games and Europe

According to the initial allegation, physical copies of EA games like FIFA, Battlefield, and others would no longer be sold in some regions of Europe, leaving just digital copies as an alternative. The specific nations cited were Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

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On Thursday, a piece from the German news source Games Wirtschaft was shared on Twitter by an industry expert by the name of MauroNL. It is more possible that the false narrative was created as a result of an incorrect reading of the most recent annual report that was released by EA Germany.

EA disproves allegations that it will refuse to sell physical games in certain regions of Europe
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EA Germany acknowledged in the mentioned annual report that the continued shift from physical goods to digital downloads continues to have a detrimental effect on sales growth. However, one of EA’s affiliates manages the earnings from digital downloads rather than EA directly.

IGN apparently got in touch with EA after hearing about this announcement to inquire about how the policy change might affect its regional operations. The video game company responded and took the opportunity to refute the claim, leading to the aforementioned statement. IGN has also apologized for publishing a misinformation report.

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EA disproves allegations that it will refuse to sell physical games in certain regions of Europe
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Future Plans for EA

Need for Speed Unbound, which is slated to be published on December 2 in both digital and physical forms, is the following significant release from EA for this year. The publisher will release Dead Space Remake in January 2023.

Before the aforementioned titles are available, the company is anticipated to release the FIFA World Cup 2022 expansion for FIFA 23 as a free update. It’s probable that this may be the last officially licensed FIFA World Cup event in the FIFA series because EA and FIFA won’t be collaborating in the future. EA Sports FC will replace FIFA as the official name of the franchise starting in 2023.

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