FIFA 21 pays homage to Kiyan Prince, a footballer killed at 15 and recreated in the game

FIFA 21 pays homage to Kiyan Prince, a footballer killed at 15 and recreated in the game

FIFA 21 pays homage to Kiyan Prince

FIFA 21 is the site of a very exciting initiative, with the next introduction to the roster of players of Kiyan Prince, a young footballer who was killed in 2006 at the age of 15 and who is recreated in the game at 30, or about the age he would have been now.

Prince played for Queens Park Rangers FC's under 16 team , but in 2006 he was tragically stabbed to death after trying to protect a friend from being bullied on leaving school. It was considered a promise of British football and the Queens Park Rangers asked and obtained from EA the possibility of placing it on the roster of its players, in the aspect it could have at 30 years old.

FIFA 21 welcomes Kiyan Prince within the Queens Park Rangers He was signed by the QPR as early as 2004, already described at the time as a prodigious talent, also observed by Gary Waddock, who at the time was the first team manager.

Electronic Arts created an adult version of Prince based on the appearance he had at the time of his disappearance and the photos of his father at 30, in collaboration with the studio Framestore specialized in graphic manipulation and special effects, in order to find a middle ground that could resemble his grown-up version.

The player can be used in Career mode and multiplayer. As for the stats, EA claimed to have built its characteristics in collaboration with Prince's father, his coaches, teammates and friends, to try to best reconstruct his style of play and collecting data for balance speed, skill and shooting ability in order to make the digital version as faithful as possible to the original.

Kiyan Prince will be available in FIFA 21 from today on PC and from tomorrow, May 19th, on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Stadia. Along with the footballer, Prince-related items will also be added such as the Kiyan Prince Foundation Kit, which promotes the Foundation created in memory of the boy. FIFA 21 recently updated with patch 1.20: Title Update 15.

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FIFA 21 pays tribute to Kiyan Prince, 15 years after the young footballer’s death

EA Sports has paid tribute to Kiyan Prince today, marking the 15-year anniversary of his tragic death in a unique way within FIFA 21.


Prince was a 15-year-old youth footballer, on the books at Queens Park Rangers, when he was stabbed and killed in 2006 while trying to break up a fight at his school.

15 years on from that tragedy, the game developers from EA have worked with Prince’s family, friends and teammates, along with the visual effects experts at Framestore, to create a tribute to Prince. The result of their work, which utilised Artificial Intelligence technology, is a digital approximation of what Prince would’ve looked like today, aged 30.

This digital version of Prince has been added to QPR’s squad in the FIFA 21 game. Prince will be playable in the Kick Off and Career Mode game modes, with a special kit and a series of objectives being added to the Ultimate Team mode, as well.

In the years since Prince’s death, the Kiyan Prince Foundation has been set up, and QPR showed their support in 2019 by renaming their stadium after the foundation. This charity uses life coaching and sports to help and empower young people and discourage violence. You can learn more and consider making a donation on the foundation’s website.

James Salmon of EA Sports said: “By adding Kiyan in-game this year, we not only want to celebrate what an incredibly talented footballer he was and should have been, but also continue to offer EA SPORTS FIFA as a platform to raise awareness of the Kiyan Prince Foundation.”

The digital Kiyan Prince steps out onto the pitch at QPR’s stadium, which was renamed after his foundation in 2019.EA Sports

Kiyan’s father, Dr Mark Prince OBE, who founded the Kiyan Prince Foundation, said this of the FIFA tribute: “I want my son to be remembered not for the tragedy of his death but for the triumph of his achievements. Through this campaign my hope is that the world finally gets to glimpse Kiyan’s incredible potential fulfilled. We get to honour his talent. And, hopefully, we can inspire other kids to honour their own talent too – whatever their own strengths might be.”

QPR’s director of football, the former pro Les Ferdinand, added this statement: “As a club we have worked closely with the Kiyan Prince Foundation and it has been an honour to get to know Mark on a personal level during that time. What he has been through is every parent’s worst nightmare and his response to such a tragedy has been truly inspiring.

“When we named our stadium after the Kiyan Prince Foundation in 2019, we invited Mark to the training ground to speak with our players. We felt it was important they understood the history of the Foundation and what it stood for. The squad were truly humbled by Mark’s bravery and his dedication to use his pain to prevent others from having to walk the same path he has had to walk.

“We continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Mark and are delighted to see Kiyan in the QPR squad for the 2021/22 season.”

The Kiyan Prince FIFA 21 tribute will be shared far and wide, even appearing on billboards at London’s Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street. Numerous brands have gotten involved, including JD Sports and Adidas. Match Attax, the collectable card game, is also paying tribute to Prince with a special edition card that depicts him.

Prince will also be listed as a squad member on QPR match-day programmes in real life. His squad number, across all these platforms, will be 30 – the age he would’ve been today, had it not been for knife crime.


To learn more about the Kiyan Prince Foundation, visit the charity’s official website.