Being a major gaming and football fanatic, my love for the FIFA games over the years borders on fun hobby and outright addiction. I average around one thousand hours on each iteration starting with my first FIFA 96. However, I sank absolutely the most of my life into FIFA 98 as it was the first game in the series to include them now famous 1998 Reggae Boyz. Now, fast forwarding to 2019 and another Jamaican team, the Reggae Girlz are set to make there FIFA debut.
Just like they did with the men's World Cup last year, the creators of the FIFA games, Electronic Arts (EA), on Wednesday updated FIFA 19 to facilitate its Women's World Cup tournament section of the game. All participating nations and their players will be included marking the Reggae Girls first time in a FIFA game. This is massive for the growth of Women's football on the island maybe even having a bigger impact than when their counterparts, the Reggae Boyz, made their first appearance in the game in 98.
"We were approached by EA Sports for a licensing agreement to place the Reggae Girlz on FIFA 19," she said. "We were advised that all the other nations participating in the Women's World Cup had signed on. There was a lengthy negotiation process and we finalised recently, and we're very pleased to know that FIFA wanted the Reggae Girlz brand as part of its platform. We think it's phenomenal. I believe it is the direction that all sports are taking, where if you're not part of a digital or electronic platform, you're not moving with the global trend. So we're very pleased to be part of this global phenomenon, pleased to have partnered with EA Sports and pleased that the Reggae Girlz brand, and the Reggae Boyz brand, by association, is going to see a significantly multiplied global exposure."
While the impacts of the Reggae Girlz' brand globally will largely depend on their performances on the pitch itself; there is no doubt that this FIFA game inclusion is already having a positive effect locally. Since the update, I visited my local arcade and, on both occasions, I witnessed gamers already choosing to play using the Reggae Girlz.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.