Electronic Arts have been making FIFA World Cup games for every tournament since 2002, and reports suggest that the California-based video game company will continue that tradition for this summer’s competition in Russia. Football fans from countries which have made it to the ultimate footballing contest will have a vested interest in what is going on in the finals, but people from places like Canada may find it harder to get involved. For Canadians, a FIFA World Cup game would be a great way to get World Cup fever, and playing matches could also help when deciding which teams to wager on when they log into their favourite online bookmaker.
According to Goal (see here for more information), you can bet that EA will be releasing a World Cup game this year, which will come in the form of an update to FIFA 18. This will mark the first occasion that the game has been released as DLC rather than a standalone offering. Although the game could be released as soon as March, there is speculation that EA will wait until the football season is over to drop the DLC, as the last few weeks of the campaign is a busy period for FIFA Ultimate Team (see here for FUT news).
FIFA World Cup games provide a good opportunity to get to know all the players and squads taking part in the competition. This can provide invaluable help when planning which bets you should make. Reigning champions Germany are currently favourites at 9/2 with William Hill (see here for website info), but other countries such as France and Belgium have extremely impressive-looking squads. Playing as each of the strongest teams could give you an insight into who you should stake on in the Top Goal Scorer markets. Lionel Messi currently leads the way at 9/1, but do Argentina have a chance of making it to the latter stages of the competition? Euro 2016 top goal scorer and Player of the Tournament Antoine Griezmann of France could be a much better bet at 14/1.
Aside from working out who to bet on and which online bookmaker offers the best welcome bonus, the good news for Canadian players is the fact that the FIFA World Cup games usually include all of the teams who were involved in qualifying. So despite the fact that the North American country hasn’t taken part in the tournament since 1986, gamers have a chance of rewriting history and battling through the qualifying rounds to make it to Russia.
With little else known about the World Cup DLC, players can only wait in anticipation and gamble on the awesome additional features included. 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil introduced coaches on the sidelines for the first time. Could the 2018 offering perhaps involve medical teams coming on to treat injured players? It would also be cool if fans of The Journey were treated to another episode involving Alex Hunter. The way the story was left in FIFA 2018 made it seem like you can bet the young star would be earning a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad in the near future.