Maradona out of FIFA 22?  Justice requested the cessation of the use of his image in the game.

Maradona returns to FIFA

Four and a half months after the initial ruling was issued, Chamber I of the Federal Civil and Commercial Chamber decided revoke the measure that prevented EA Sport from using the image of Diego Armando Maradona in their popular video games. The resolution was based on a contract that Maradona himself signed in 2017 in which he “granted” the company the possibility of continuing to use his image “in perpetuity” since Diego wanted to remain linked to that gaming platform.

“EA alleges that under the terms of the contract signed by Mr. Maradona and his party (Sattvica) in 2017, they were granted the right to use his likeness in commercially released video games during the term of the contract, in perpetuity,” explained in the basics.

According to the ruling, the contract signed by Stefano Ceci is invalid because it was not ratified by Sattvica, the owner of the Maradona brand, but they also emphasize that the company cannot go against that wish of Maradona.

For the magistrates, the signing of that contract by Ten is the word that counts and for which EA has the right to continue using the image. “Upon expiration of the term… EA will have the right to (i) complete the development of any of the Licensed Products that are in development, and (ii) continue with the manufacture, commercialization, and distribution of each and every one of the Products Licensees, of the associated packaging, marketing and promotional material that would have been commercially launched for the first time during the term of this contract, in perpetuity”, says that contract signed by Diego.

From this sentence, the image of Maradona could return to the popular video game and even be included in the 2022 edition.


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