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FIFA Ultimate Team Championship Decided On 90th-Minute Set Piece

GIF After two days of play in Berlin, the grand finals for the FIFA Ultimate Team Championship came down to the wire between Chevrey “Vitality_Rocky” Corentin and Shaun “xShellzz” Springette. Despite losing the lead on his home turf, a last-minute rally helped Corentin barely scrape by and secure his spot as the 2017 Ultimate Team champion. The two were each victors on their respective console, Corentin on Xbox One and Springette on PlayStation 4, but the format for FIFA Ultimate Team tournaments mandates an aggregate score over two games, one played on each. In the past, this has led to some players looking a little flustered when playing on an “away” console, but the two finalists seemed like they had done their homework prior to this event. On the PlayStation 4, it was a tense match between the two that culminated in a goal near the end of full-time, putting Corentin in the lead on his away console. With a 2-1 lead headed into his home turf, Corentin seemed set for an easy time of it. It soon became apparent, however, that Springette had also been doing some due diligence on the opposing console. The PlayStation READ FULL STORY AT…

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FIFA 17 Update 1.09 on PS4 Just Includes General Stability Fixes

[embedded content] Weighing in at 455MB, FIFA 17 update 1.09 is now live on PlayStation 4. According to the message that pops up when you go to play FIFA 17, the update includes “general stability fixes.” The message adds, “Thanks to those who’ve provided feedback. Throughout the course of the FIFA 17 season we’ll provide you with more information and updates if and when they become available.” This is the same update that went live on PC last week. As EA revealed in their latest financial report, FIFA 17 has seen more than 21 million total players, and more than 12 million players have tried out The Journey story mode. FIFA 18 is scheduled to release by the end of September 2017 on consoles and PC. Expect to hear much more about this year’s FIFA, as well as EA’s other games, during the EA Play live broadcast on June 10. [Source: Chris Owen, Reddit, FIFA Forums] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Ten Years Ago, Dead Or Alive Launched The Careers Of The Highest-Paid Women Pro Gamers

Vanessa Arteaga had been playing fighting games since she was a child, long before she became one of the highest-paid women in competitive gaming history—but her tens of thousands in winnings still pale in comparison to the millions that her male peers have made in competitive gaming in the years since. Advertisement Her older brother started her off, because he needed someone to play fighting games with and she was nearby. In 2000, when she was 12 years old, he brought home Dead or Alive 2. She was skeptical. She hadn’t ever played a 3D fighting game before. Right away, she enjoyed everything about Dead or Alive 2: the characters, the style of play, the moves, the stages and what would become the game’s signature emphasis on counter-attacks. Advertisement She also noticed that, unlike other fighting games she had played the ‘90s, Dead or Alive 2 had a majority-women roster of fighters. As a young girl, she liked having the option to play as a woman: “I did gravitate towards the females – you look at them, even if they are video game characters, and think: ‘They’re so cool! I wanna be like them!’ Especially when I was young, I…

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EA: FIFA 17 Was the #1 Console Title of 2016, Titanfall 2 Missed Expectations

Call of Duty may have been the biggest console franchise of 2016, but FIFA 17 was the best-selling console title in the world in 2016, according to Electronic Arts. In their Q3 FY17 (ended December 31, 2016) financial results, EA announced FIFA 17’s success, adding that more than 10 million users have played The Journey, the game’s new single-player mode. Compared to FIFA 16, sell-through was up 8% during Q2 and Q3, and it’s on track to be the best-selling game in the franchise. Battlefield 1, meanwhile, saw the biggest launch of any Battlefield title ever, and its launch player base was 50% larger than Battlefield 4’s in its launch quarter. Battlefield 1 is also on track to the best-selling game in the franchise. CFO Blake Jorgensen talked about their record quarter: With the top console games and most-downloaded mobile portfolio in the industry for Q3, Electronic Arts is growing, engaging and exciting a global community of players. We will continue to push the boundaries of play, with stunning new titles like Mass Effect Andromeda, global competitive gaming tournaments and more amazing experiences coming in the year ahead. For the first time ever, we generated over $1 billion in operating cash flow in a quarter. This is a true testament to the innovation we built into Battlefield READ FULL…

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New FIFA Title Announced For the Nintendo Switch

EA Sports Announced a New FIFA Game For Nintendo Switch The most popular soccer game (sorry PES) is back and coming to the Nintendo Switch! At the Nintendo Switch Presentation EA Sports announced that a new FIFA title will be released for the Nintendo Switch. Considering FIFA 13 was the last game to appear on a Nintendo console, this is some exciting news for sure! The appearance of the hugely popular soccer game on the Nintendo Switch is a big deal as Nintendo has struggled to get third-party developers like EA Sports, Activision, and Ubisoft to port their biggest game franchises to the Nintendo Wii and Wii U. EA stated that this newest FIFA title would be the most authentic sports game on a Nintendo console yet, with the best leagues and iconic stadiums that the sport has to offer. It will be interesting to see the differences and similarities between this newest game and the older versions on the PS4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately there was not a release date for FIFA announced along with the game reveal. We do know however that it will be out later this year. Keep it locked for any updates as they become known….

FIFA 17 Sold 2.5 Million Copies in the UK Last Year, Beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens

In the ERA’s report for entertainment sales (video, music, and games) in the UK for 2016, they say £6.3 billion was generated, which is a new record and is up 3% from 2015. Total physical entertainment sales dropped by 15% in 2016 as digital sales rose, though there were some bright spots on the retail side: handheld software was up 21.3% £48.8 million (likely thanks to Pokemon Sun/Moon) and vinyl records were up 56.4% to £65.6 million. Games revenue was up 2.9% to just under £3 billion, but physical game sales declined 16% to £776 million. Digital game sales, meanwhile, were up 12% to £2.2 billion. The biggest-selling entertainment release of the year was FIFA 17 with 2.5 million copies sold – almost the exact same number as FIFA 16 in 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was #1 in video with 2.3 million copies sold, while Now That’s What I Call Music 95 was the #1 album with over 900,000 copies sold. Despite lagging behind Black Ops 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was the #2 best-selling game of 2016 in the UK. Likely in third place was Battlefield 1, which moved over one million copies. Entertainment Retailers Association CEO Kim Bayley said: The music, video and games industries were understandably nervous about the advent of new digital…

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No Man’s Sky Disappears From UK’s September Digital Sales Chart

SuperData has revealed September’s digital sales chart for the UK, and Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky is nowhere to be found. The game, which came out in August, was marred by controversy and mediocre reviews following years of anticipation by fans. Unsurprisingly, FIFA 17 dominated the charts, generating £9.11m digitally in its first two days. The number two spot was taken by Activision’s Destiny with £4.78m, thanks in part Destiny: The Collection, which released on September 20. Last year’s FIFA 16 claimed the third position, generating £4.35m. Following is the list of UK’s top ten digital titles for the month of September 2016: FIFA 17 (EA) Destiny (Activision) FIFA 16 (EA) Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Activison) Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar) Star Wars Battlefront (EA) Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft) Overwatch (Activison) Tom Clancy’s The Division (Ubisoft) Rocket League (Psyonix) Digital revenue-wise, both Electronic Arts and Activision remain the top publishers. For UK’s weekly retail charts, click here. [Source: MCV] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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FIFA 17 Update 1.02 Is Live on PS4 & Xbox One, Addresses Frame-Rate Issues & More

Previously released on PC, FIFA 17 update 1.02 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Numerous changes were made with today’s patch, including an increased CPU AI tendency to attack directly, the ability to skip cut-scenes for contentious fouls, improved responsiveness when shooting, and more. Here’s the full list of patch notes for FIFA 17 Title Update 1: Gameplay Changes A situation where cancel was unresponsive after requesting a clearance. A rare situation where the penalty shootout should have ended earlier. Increased the CPU AI tendency to attack directly. An issue where players sometimes overrun the ball after a skill move. Increased the chance of error from ground crosses (triple tap). Improvements to ball physics where shots off the goal posts lose too much speed. Goalkeeper positioning for corner kicks. Improvements made to player switching from corners and free kicks. An issue where the player would control the ball instead of attempting a clearance. Improvements to contested headers logic from corner kicks. General fixes for player controlled celebrations. Cut scene for contentious fouls can now be skipped. Improved the general responsiveness of shooting. Minor improvement to passing responsiveness when the ball is in the air. Pro Clubs Changes Increased experience required for the…

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Amazon's Already Taking $20 Off FIFA 17, Today Only

FIFA 17 has only been out for a couple weeks, but Amazon’s not waiting for stoppage time to offer a deal: Today only, you can save $20 on a copy for PS4 or Xbox One. Unfortunately, this deal is only available on the boxed version of the game, and that means it’s subject to sell out early, so hustle over to Amazon to lock in your order. Advertisement $40 From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission From amazon Gizmodo Media Group may get a commission More Deals Today’s Best Deals: FIFA 17, Seiko Watches, Sling TV, Lightning Cables Today’s Best Deals: FIFA 17, Seiko Watches, Sling TV, Lightning Cables Today’s Best Deals: FIFA 17, Seiko Watches, Sling… $20 off FIFA 17, discounted Seiko watches, and two months of Sling TV for the price of one lead off … Read more Read more Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more, and don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. We want your feedback. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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FIFA 17 Accidentally Used A Real Guy's Twitter Handle, And He's Pissed

FIFA 17 FIFA 17 is praised for being true-to-life in every regard—so true-to-life that, hell, developer EA even included a real guy’s name and Twitter handle. And, boy, is he pissed. Advertisement Released late September, FIFA 17 offered “The Journey,” its new story mode which followed athlete Alex Hunter’s rise to soccer glory. In-game, one of Hunter’s fans is Calvin Wong, who messages him on a Twitter-like platform with the handle @CalWong. “Can’t believe @MrAlexHunter was too busy to give me his autograph after I spent 4ever waiting for him!” the fictional @CalWong said. Later, after obtaining the autograph, @CalWong writes, “Will keep it 4ever.” Advertisement Cute. There’s just one catch: Calvin Wong is a real person (a Cartoon Network story boarder, in fact) who tweets as @CalWong. On September 20th, a FIFA 17 fan tweeted a screenshot from the game at Wong, tipping him off that the game had used his name and Twitter handle without consulting him. In response, Wong had some choice words for EA: Wong’s tweet got some traction. Over the next few days, Wong sent out a few more accusing EA of ignoring his original complaint. Wong called for them to admit that they were…

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FIFA Games Always Have The Best Glitches

It’s only been a week since FIFA 17 dropped, and we’re already seeing some of the most hilarious glitches of the year. Advertisement GameSprout has a video compilation of a bunch of silly FIFA 17 glitches, which you absolutely must watch: My favorite of the bunch are the totally-not-suggestive ones, such as: A forum thread on neoGAF also collects GIFs like these, and they are a hoot: Hell, even the normal glitches are capable of making me spit out in laughter: READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!