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One of the most popular video games of all time is getting the (football) boot

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FIFA fans, you might want to grab the tissues and put the controller down, because there won’t be FIFA video games anymore

Soccer’s global governing body and EA Sports are ending a partnership that created FIFA, which is one of the most popular video games of all time.

The game has generated more than $20 billion in sales over the past two decades.

But the cost of the licence was one reason why the decision was made to ditch the partnership.

150 million FIFA video game players will now have to get used to a new name

EA will continue to make football video games, but from next year, they will come under a new banner, so get use to the name EA Sports FC.

FIFA plansto release its own rival games, saying: “The Fifa name is the only global, original title.”

In a long statement on its website, Fifa says it will launch new football video games developed with a range of third-party studios and publishers.

As well as launching new games during 2022 and 2023, Fifa says it is working with leading game publishers, media companies and investors to develop of a major new Fifa simulation game title in 2024.

“I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the Fifa name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans.”

Gianni Infantino, the President of Fifa says in the statement

“The constant is the Fifa name and it will remain forever and remain the best.”

EA say they will continue to offer real-world experiences, having signed up thousands of athletes, 700 teams, 100 stadiums and over 30 leagues for future games.

They include the Premier League and UEFA.

EA Sports FC will hit the shelves in late 2023.

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Why Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will cap passenger departures

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Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is capping the number of departures until next year

The airport says airlines “are not happy about it” but ultimately had no choice.

It follows a string of airport chaos over the busy summer period in The Netherlands and Europe more broadly.

Caps are expected to extend through the end of March. But authorities will review the situation again towards the end of this year.

The aviation business continues to be plagued by labor shortages on the back of the pandemic.

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Food delivery drone crashes into powerlines

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Thousands of people have been left without power after a food delivery drone crashed into powerlines

Power was restored after 45 minutes after the drone made a pre-cautionary landing.

‘Wing’ is the company behind the incident who use drones for their food delivery services.

A spokesperson for Energex, the company who supplies power to the 300-affected homes says drones can be dangerous.

It’s believed these instances are very rare and the meal was still hot when emergency crews arrived at the scene.

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Huge win for millions caught up in Optus data breach

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Major news for those impacted by the Optus data incident, with authorities working around the clock to get to the bottom of the saga

Is this a sigh of relief for Optus customers?

It is a major win for those who have been impacted by the massive Optus data breach.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has confirmed the telco giant will cover the costs of replacing affected customers’ passports, a move he has labeled as entirely appropriate.

The hacker released the personal details of more than 10,000 people on an online forum, before removing the post.

This is evidently a costly move for Optus, but one which many Australians have been calling for.

On the other side of the coin, it will also be a massive undertaking for the nation’s passport office which has been slammed recently as Aussies head back overseas post-Covid.

This comes as the Australian Federal Police launches an operation to support the data breach victims.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Justine Gough says affected customers will receive “multi-layered protection from identity crime and financial fraud”.

As the investigation continues, Australian authorities will also be leaning on their international counterparts for assistance, including America’s FBI.

It’s a massive operation and one that many Australians and indeed people right around the world are watching closely.

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