Musqueam's History, Heritage and Culture Introduced in New FIFA 23 Video Game – Hope Standard

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Musqueam's History, Heritage and Culture Introduced in New FIFA 23 Video Game – Hope Standard

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The hit EA Sports FIFA video game has literally returned to its roots with a new edition.

Developed primarily at EA Vancouver, FIFA 23 recognizes the history, heritage and culture of the Musqueam Indian Band by including artwork and assets from Musqueam artists in the new edition.

Vancouver is located in the ancestral and unceded territories of Musqueme, Squamish and Trail Waters.

The Musqueam band has over 1,300 members. About half live in a small piece of ancestral territory known as Musquem Reserve, located south of Vancouver’s Marine Drive near the airport.

Many others live throughout the Muscum territories now called Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Delta, North Vancouver, West Vancouver and New Westminster.

Musqueam chief Wayne Sparrow was blown away when he saw the results of his collaboration with EA Sports.

“Amazing. I’m really proud of our artists, our community,” he said in an interview. It’s a big step towards

The work of about 10 local artists will be featured in the game.

“When I look at it, it gets a little emotional,” Sparrow said. Struggling with schools, on the rights of indigenous peoples as accepted in UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples), and more.

“The only thing that upsets me is that I hope those who fought so hard for us and left us don’t come here to see what the outcome of their efforts will be. Because it’s not necessarily the leadership of this day, it’s the leaders of the past who laid the foundation for us.”

FIFA 23 players will have the opportunity to play on a fictionalized representation of the real-life soccer field in Massameme. Completed in 2015, the band’s sports complex (a legacy of the 2010 Olympics) consists of two full-size soccer fields and a clubhouse. The Musqueam field appears in the game as a playable pitch in Volta football mode, which incorporates street soccer.

Gamers can unlock Volta Football apparel and FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) kits designed by Musqueam artists, as well as customization elements for FUT stadiums featuring various Musqueam motifs and patterns.

EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise has collaborated with indigenous artists in the past (Madden 22’s Hawaii Stadium), but the developer says this is the first collaboration of its kind for a FIFA title. It’s the community where our studio is located and where our games are made. ”

Nicholas Lammie, Director of Brand Marketing at EA Sports FIFA said: statement.

The artwork was judged by a panel of representatives appointed by the Musqueam Indian Band, EA Sports, and Vancouver-based marketing firm Monday Creative.

In this collaboration, EA Sports is helping Musqueam by creating physical kits for Musqueam footballers that bring their in-game outfits to life. It also offers upgrades to Musqueam fields, including improved storage and equipment management facilities, new goals and nets, and a custom his tent for shelter from inclement weather.

The Musqueam soccer team regularly plays in BC tournaments

“It’s a big sport here in Muskeme,” said Sparrow.

Musqueam artists featured in the game include Kelly Cannell, Chase Gray, Deanna Point, Krista Point, Aleen Sparrow, Brent Sparrow, Debra Sparrow, Kamryn Sparrow, Robyn Sparrow, and Cole Sparrow-Crawford.

FIFA 23, also produced by EA Romania, will be available worldwide on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series XS, PC, Stadia, PS4 and Xbox One on September 30th. FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition Early Access begins on September 27th.


Neil Davidson, Canadian Press

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