Within just a week of launch, FIFA 23 celebrates the largest player base of any FIFA installment. There is certainly criticism of the new football game, but that seems to leave the players cold.
PC footballers are anything but satisfied with FIFA 23. There is only around 38 percent approval on Steam. After all, FIFA 23 can slowly get better ratings, since the release on 30.09. approval was only 27 percent. However, this dissatisfaction has no consequences for the developers. Finally, FIFA 23 ranks first by revenue among Steam games. In addition – so far – maximum 78,000 Steam players against the virtual round. The last FIFA game from EA is also played diligently on the consoles. Within just one week of its release, EA had 10.3 million players worldwide.
Much criticism of FIFA 23
Consequently, the latest edition of FIFA is the version with the most players in the release period in the history of EA Sports FIFA games. In addition to the PC version, the Switch offshoot is also heavily criticized. Since FIFA 19 in 2018, there has only been a so-called “Legacy Edition” every year, in which only the team squad and players are updated. Many players feel that asking 40 euros for this edition without gameplay changes is unjustified. According to the market research institute GfK, FIFA 23 accounts for 41 percent of all disc sales in the UK alonethe Playstation 5 version, followed by the PS4 version with 30 percent and the Xbox One version with 17 percent. 20 percent more Brits bought FIFA 23 for Nintendo Switch than last year’s edition.
With Title Update 1, developer EA promises a fix for some bugs. For example, there should be no more problems with the system service. The new anti-cheat tool EAAC, which runs every time the game is started and uses up to 30 percent of the CPU, is perceived as annoying in the PC version. In the eyes of many players, this is wasted potential. In addition, the new tool from EA causes problems starting with FIFA 23. The developers have not commented further on this. It may help to enable Secure Boot in UEFI BIOS mode to play FIFA 23 on PC.
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FIFA 23 Player Count Collection:
- In the first week after the release of FIFA 23, 10.3 million players worldwide played the football game. With this number, EA’s latest FIFA is the most successful game in the series.
- In addition to the PC version, the Switch offshoot is also heavily criticized. Since FIFA 19 from 2018 there has been a so-called “Legacy Edition” every year in which only team squads and players are updated.
- In the PC version, the new anti-cheat tool EAAC, which runs every time the game is started and uses up to 30 percent of the CPU, is perceived as annoying.
- Undeterred by the criticism, FIFA 23 rushes to new records and storms the sales charts in the UK, for example.