PES 2014 Vs FIFA 14: Licensing woes for Konami

By Alan Ng - Aug 30, 2013

FIFA 14 may be looking like the number one football game to own this year, but over on the other side of the pond it appears that Konami has run into a few problems regarding their release of PES 2014. Some football purists still view PES as the ‘best football simulation’ game available to play, but we have now learned that PES 2014 has run into significant licensing issues, resulting in a game without any Spanish stadiums on board.

That means of course, that you’ll have to endure playing as the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but with some mock up version of the Nou Camp and Bernabeu respectively. It’s obviously a bitter pill to swallow for those who plan to use one of the Spanish teams as their primary team of choice, but Konami has wasted no time in saying that EA has been ‘extremely aggressive’ in order to secure licensing arrangements for FIFA 14.

Aside from no Spanish stadiums in PES 2014, a blog post written by PES community manager Adam Bhatti also reveals that several other major European stadiums will not make the cut either – due to the same licensing problems that EA has obviously secured before Konami.

To make matters worse, PES 2014 will not be shipping with a stadium editor either, so make sure you are aware of that if you are planning to opt with PES 2014 over FIFA 14 this year. With all this said and done though, Konami has said that they intend to ‘fight back’ against EA in order to secure relevant licensing for next year’s edition.

What do you make of EA snapping up all of the licensing deals, resulting in a lack of Spanish stadiums and other content missing from PES 2014? Do you think EA are being greedy on this occasion, or is it just a case of doing what’s best for business?

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  • Mark Coull

    EA SUCK! PES2014 with a new engine and all the great reviews it’s been recieving and then this happens I will still be buying pro evo…FIFA is the same thing year in year out….PES2013 was a massive step forward for pes….lack of stadiums,no rain,ea know they would get beaten if pes had every team every stadium every kit in the game…still will get every team and kit through the option file but 20 stadiums is enough plus konami will bring out more via patches and dlc…PES was great year’s ago and now looks like it’s back to being amazing…nobody cared about kits team names or stadiums back in the day…hopefully this game will be the same…add the option file and this game kicks ass…I was FIFA for years and years I think pes6 was the last one I had before pes2013 came out and I love it…

  • Steven Phillips

    EA are greedy..they can see pes could be very big competition if they had the licences.. its fighting dirty really

  • Mike

    Konami always says theyll do better ”Next Year”.

    One year they take out the league mode then we cannot make transfers during the league mode anymore.

    This game is getting worse with the year lets hope we at least get Dortmund licensed and some more English teams.

    Ive been playing PES since the first gams, im actually considering fifa this year.

    • dieu_7

      I made the switch in 2010 after buying both games, honestly PES simply doesn’t compare anymore and is realistically more arcade like than FIFA for at least the last three versions

  • REF

    That is pathetic EA. If you want to be competitive, make the better game. I will still buy PES because it pisses me off playing FIFA with stick men wearing shoulder pads

    • U mad BRO?

      I don’t care what you say… fifa has better graphics, gameplay, game modes and online features…… as Fifa player KSI would say…. Deal with it!

      • Francis

        If you think FIFA has better graphics and gameplay you are deluded.