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FIFA 20 Demo Hype Overshadows Underwhelming PES 2020 Launch

Thomas Bardwell
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:00 PM

The long-awaited FIFA 20 demo goes live later on today (Update: It’s now live). Developer EA hasn’t confirmed an exact time, but sometime during the US business day floated about in the rumor mill as the best bet.

The demo will be playable on the usual trifecta of platforms – PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Gamers Flock to FIFA 20 Demo, Spurn PES 2020 Launch

FIFA 20 Trends, Overshadows PES 10 Launch
FIFA 20 is overshadowing PES 2020 on social media. | Source: Twitter

Droves of football fans eager to sample the delights of EA’s latest demo, and the release of FIFA 20’s top 100 player ratings  have entirely overshadowed the launch of rival football title, PES 2020, also scheduled for today.

FIFA 20 Player Ratings Cause a Stir

FIFA 20 is currently trending on Twitter, partly due to controversy stemming from a number of player ratings that onlookers are branding as harsh and unfair.

British Premier League team Tottenham Hotspurs published a video for the occasion featuring players Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez coming to terms with their ”disrespectful” FIFA ratings.

It’s bad news for PES 2020 developer Konami, who already struggles to match the fan enthusiasm and interest bestowed on FIFA 20, its long-time competitor within the football game sphere.

Whether EA purposefully matched the demo launch to PES 2020’s full release is up in the air, but the timing reeks of an intent to divest Konami of potential limelight.

Konami Steals Juventus and Ronaldo From EA

EA stealing PES 2020’s thunder is the latest chapter in the long-running football feud.

Over the summer, Konami struck a blow at EA’s dominance by announcing that it had secured the coveted license to Series A side Juventus and by extension the rights to star player Cristiano Ronaldo. Juventus joins an enviable roster of partners including the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal.

As FIFA 20 continues to trend, Konami’s efforts feel increasingly hollow, despite arguably having far better gameplay mechanics. Regardless, EA’s financial might and the inherent value of the FIFA brand guarantees broad interest that will inevitably translate into sales.