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FIFA Soccer Video Game has huge impact in US, says research

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New research shows that EA’s FIFA soccer game is a “gateway drug” to attract new soccer fans in the United States according to data released by EA Sports.

Not only is the video game loved and played by soccer fans both young and old, but it proves to be an ideal way to introduce sports fans to the passion of the beautiful game, so they can see on television how these footballers play in real life (as well as hopefully encouraging fans to go see these players in person).

After playing FIFA, 50% of gamers are more interested in professional soccer.

While the infographic is skewed to MLS (probably due to MLS’s close involvement with EA during the past 12 months), we’d be interested to see what the overall data is regarding which teams FIFA gamers play the most. If it’s anything like the online version of the game, it’s probably Real Madrid number one and Barcelona number two.

Take a look at the stats and feel free to share your interesting observations in the comments section below.

Click on the image below, and then click it again for a larger view in order to be able to read the data.

H/T Gilt Edge Soccer Marketing

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. CTBlues

    November 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I wonder when MLS will convince them to put the MLS stadiums in the game.

  2. ipply

    November 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    if you soccer-loving losers really think a video game is going to elevate your boring, un-American sport to relevance in the U.S., you’re out of your anti-American eurosnob hipster douchebag MINDS.

    • Tim

      November 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      How does one even find an article like this without actively searching?? Have fun living in your parents basement down south buddy…it will get lonely.

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