A report last week that South Korean mega-publisher Nexon was considering an attempt to buy-out EA was apparently a little wide of the mark, according to the news outlet that originally ran the story.
EA has announced the arrival of FIFA Online's open beta test.
You can register and download the game from the FIFA Online website now.
FIFA Online is part management simulation and part action game. You can buy and sell players and upgrade your team, and you'll earn experience to spend on things like shinpads to boost defense or whistles to boost attack power.
Runs on the FIFA 10 engine.
EA Sports this morning revealed FIFA Online, a free-to-play, web-based PC title "aimed at football fans, not just gamers".
The title, which goes into closed beta next month with open beta kicking-off in the summer, was unveiled to journalists by EA Sports top dog Peter Moore, at an event held at third-rate Premier League stadium Stamford Bridge.
FIFA Online uses the FIFA 10 engine and takes advantage of the full FIFA database, including content for the forthcoming World Cup title, covering 30 licensed leagues, 500 teams and 15,000 players. Three game modes will feature - World Cup, League and Versus - plus a simple 'mouse-play' control for n00bs and "adaptable difficulty".