The global economy is dependent on supply and demand. Competition is good for business. We have recognised that monopolies are prohibitive in their effect on our technological advance and our progress as a society.
Yet we allow big companies to monopolize certain areas of our market by gaining exclusive rights for major features of an economic sector. This leads to worse sales for their market competition as the competitors are not permitted to make use of these industry-specific features and also to a worsened end product.
In the branch of interactive football gaming software this has resulted in a duopoly like situation in which even then both competitors are not on even ground. Other competition has no chance to enter the market as new football simulations could not portray any of the major European leagues due to the existing exclusive licenses for the two main products, Electronic Arts' FIFA and Konami's PES. A new product would in almost any case interfere with their partnerships with the UEFA, BPL, Bundesliga, Serie A, Liga BBVA.
This does not only make new competition in the market highly unlikely, it also holds back the two main products themselves. In the past, present, and future the fight for exclusive licenses between the 2 has been led aggresively and will probably continue to do so. The more likely winner in this scenario is EA who due to their superior funds could potentially outbid Konami in most cases of licensing.
If EA manages to get even more exclusive licenses, they will inflict heavy damage to Konami's PES series, possibly eventually turning the market situation into a monopoly. The limit in competition then will ultimately have an extremely negative impact on the customer who is not only provided with less choices on the market but also a qualitatively worsened product compared to what would be possible in a competing industry.
Already today the customer does not get the full football experience when buying either product as the licensing issues prohibit some leagues and competitions from being included into FIFA and PES.
- The Barclays Premier League and the Bundesliga are exclusive to FIFA only
- The UEFA Champions League, the Copa Libertadores, and the AFC Champions League are exclusive to PES only
In the end it is us, the customers, who are the ones suffering under these obscure, outdated, and unjust market conditions and strategies by receiving less while having to buy 2 products if we want everything.
The international football association FIFA (not the eponymous EA game) uses the words
"MY GAME IS FAIR PLAY"
as their main slogan. How can the two biggest football simulations in existance today overlook, or actively disregard this. As long as both don't realise this, neither product will simulate true football.
!!!FOR EQUALLY SHARED LICENSES BETWEEN FIFA, PES, AND POSSIBLE OTHER MARKET COMPETITORS!!!
(EA (Electronic Arts) recently has actively tried and succeeded to obtain exclusive licenses with clubs of leagues that are licensed in Konami's PES to further hinder PES's development as a game. We must stop the use of exclusive licenses to monopolize interactive football gaming software as this is shutting other existing and potential companies and products out of the market!)
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