While FIFA 18 producer Andrei Lazarescu and his team have been making headlines for all the right reasons in recent times, Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer hasn’t been performing so well on field.

Following recent issues including the inability to secure high-profile licenses and a ten year reign as the Champions League license holder coming to an end earlier this year, the top-tier German side Borussia Dortmund has now prematurely terminated its licensing agreement with the Japan-based publisher one year ahead of schedule, with no reasoning behind the decision provided.

Konami posted the following message on its website confirming the news:

KONAMI and Borussia Dortmund had a license agreement with respect to the use of Borussia Dortmund's logos, players, stadium and other features in KONAMI products until June 2020. However this agreement was prematurely terminated by Borussia Dortmund. KONAMI will not include Borussia Dortmund’s logos, players, stadium and other features in “PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2019”.


With the Champions League license now seemingly up for grabs coupled with ongoing licensing issues for PES, EA's FIFA has the chance to further extend its lead. On the Switch, the success of FIFA may be magnified, as Konami previously made the decision to skip the system when it released its 2018 version of PES. At this point in time, it looks like the 2019 entry will also be giving the platform a miss. 

[via konami.com]