FIFA is a series of football video games developed and released annually by American company Electronic Arts under the EA Sports label since 1993. As of 2021, the FIFA series has sold over 325 million copies and is thus listed in the Guinness World Records as the best-selling sports video game franchise in the world.
3D graphics first made their appearance in FIFA Soccer 96, thanks to the new power technology of the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation consoles. This was also the first game in the series to present most of the players with their real names, as the game series gained the official rights. In FIFA 97, much of the animation was motion captured, relying on data collected from French football player David Ginola. The game series moved onto PlayStation 2 in 2001 and for the first time in the series, many players had unique faces thanks to the increased hardware power of the console. 2003 brought with it another update to the graphics engine in the game. The game also became available for Xbox and GameCube, along with the standard PS2 and computer releases. By the time FIFA 13 rolled around, the game had entered its modern stage of immense features and online connectivity, with 30 leagues and 46 national teams. Since then, FIFA games have been met with some minor criticism; such as improvements each game features over its predecessor. The latest instalments in the series contain many exclusively licensed leagues including leagues and teams from around the world.