According to Vietnamese law, any game released in the country must be distributed by a domestic publisher.
This can be seen in other popular mobile games such as Call of Duty Mobile released by the domestic publishing company VNG or even League of Legends by Garena in Vietnam.
This law is intended to encourage local business and, therefore, boost the national economy. It seems that EA has refused to comply with the national regulations and has instead decided to withdraw the game from store shelves in the country, despite the large number of players in the country.
EA itself has also partnered with Nexon and launched region-specific FIFA Mobile in Asian countries such as FIFA Mobile Japan, FIFA Mobile Korea and FIFA Mobile China. But with Vietnam, EA does not “choose to send gold” with any issuer.
Following the announcement, some players attempted to access the game using a VPN. However, since the account is located in the Vietnam region, it cannot be accessed, so this way becomes meaningless. EA has promised to “try to serve the Vietnamese sports game player experience” but did not give any explanation as to whether the game will return.
This is not the first time a game has been forced to shut down due to the country’s strict regulatory policies. Genshin Impact also suffered the same fate but returned. Many other games are still not available in Vietnam although most are playable using a VPN.
Like most Asian countries, FIFA Mobile is a popular football game in Vietnam. Due to its easily accessible nature and ease of control, the game has gained immense popularity. However, EA’s decision to withdraw the game from the shelves in the country is based on certain regulations and policies of the domestic authorities.
EA side said: “FIFA Mobile will be removed from Google Play and Apple App Store Vietnam. FIFA Mobile is still playable in all our supported regions, and players outside of Vietnam will not be affected.”