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The UEFA Champions League video game license has been used by three different companies, with a surprising unregularity, given the competitions' fan-base and popularity. Debuted in 1996, the series only had 5 games published so far, and after being in the hands Krisalis Software and Silicon Dreams, the license now lies in the sports games giant EA Sports.

Krisalis (1996)

Krisalis had a strong history of football video games in the past, and inclusively released European Club Soccer, a game that simulated the old knockout format in 1992. With the official branding, Krisalis worked on a 3D engine, fitted with the Tacti-grid and gameplay in the line of their older games. It had all 16 teams present in the 1996/1997 Champions League with the actual groups, plus national teams. Only one title was produced, distributed by Philips Media.

Silicon Dreams (1998/2002)

With Silicon Dreams, who also developed the World League Soccer series, Champions League had three titles, 98-99, Season 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 released, aimed mostly at the Sony PlayStation, but PC releases existed for the three games. It replaced the national teams with finalists of all competitions since 1960, also including scenarios (in 98-99, with fake settings, in 1999-2000, based on the previous finals, including the 1999 final last minutes). All games were published by Eidos Interactive.

EA Sports (2004 to present)

In November 2004 Electronic Arts announced the licensing deal and further development of the game, which was published before the second round on the 2004-2005 competition started. It uses the same FIFA engine, and is now the fourth licensed football title EA has in its catalog.

UEFA Champions League 2004-2005 was released in 2004 and had licenses to many leagues in Europe, stadiums including Stamford Bridge and Anfield and also licenses to the players for the clubs. ITV's Clive Tyldesley and Sky Sports Andy Gray did the commentary for the game and the graphics and gameplay had been taken from FIFA 2005 A career mode was made into the game where you had to win the Champions League with various scenarios. EA sports talk radio which was incorporated into the career mode included the voice of ex footballer Tony Cascarino, with his former radio partner at TalkSPORT, Patrick Kinghorn.

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