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New EA FC rival UFL welcomed 1.3 million players over beta weekend

EA FC may be the top dog in soccer for now, but the UFL open beta weekend made a sizable splash on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, marking a promising future for it.

Strikerz Inc. has revealed that over 1.3 million players started their UFL journey during its recent open beta weekend on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Cristiano Ronaldo-backed soccer game is trying to carve out its slice of the pie by going boot-to-boot with EA FC, and it’s certainly going the right way towards doing so.

Taking to X to share plenty of lovely big stats from its three-day playtest, a whopping 5.56 million matches were played. Considering the number of players who logged in, as well as the fact it takes two to tango, the average player kicked off in the soccer game eight times. While this doesn’t quite match up to the average weekend league grind in FC 24, it does at least indicate it wasn’t a one-and-done type beat for many – promising stuff for the studio.

When it comes to the top five countries that logged in and locked in, it’s perhaps unsurprising to see the UK – the birthplace of soccer – come out on top. EA’s soccer games have historically topped the best-seller charts across the pond, so its hegemony being even remotely threatened is a promising sign of things to come.

UFL open beta statistics 1.3 million players: full breakdown

Having managed to hop on for a few matches myself, I’m pleasantly surprised with what Strikerz Inc. has managed to achieve so far. While the gameplay still has its foibles – let’s face it, which soccer game doesn’t? – I still found the experience enjoyable. Also, as a big UI snob, I’m in love with the sports game’s crisp menus.

Though it’s far from the finished article, UFL could finally offer up the no-nonsense, non-pay-to-win soccer experience we’ve been after for years. Strikers Inc. knows there’s still plenty to be done, though, and promises to update us on its summer plans “soon.” Personally, I can’t wait to see how the multiplayer game evolves from here.

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