Archive for the ‘Electronic Arts’ Category

EA Sports will no longer produce golf games with Tiger Woods’ name attached. The publisher announced today the change was made as part of a “new approach” for the next generation to add more choice and customization.

“EA Sports and Tiger Woods have also made a mutual decision to end our partnership, which includes Tiger’s named PGA TOUR golf game. We’ve always been big fans of Tiger and we wish him continued success in all his future endeavors,” the company stated today.

The company will continue to work with the PGA Tour exclusively as a brand, noting EA’s partnership “remains strong.” Today’s official confirmation follows reports in April that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 15 wasn’t happening.

Although EA Sports stood by Woods after his scandal and losing streak, it was quite noticeable over the past few years that the company was removing the once pristine athlete from the picture. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 12: The Masters had a giant yellow flag as its cover athlete.

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Now if only the NFL would end its partnership with EA…….

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I’ve never seen Nintendo or any console manufacturer call EA out on this before.  It’s about time.

This is … remarkable. Well, that’s my view of it anyway. Nintendo published a news release this morning that described FIFA 14 on the 3DS in just about the worst terms you can apply to a new sports video game.

FIFA 14 Legacy Edition delivers unmatched authenticity that reflects the current football season with updated kits and rosters but no updates to gameplay or game modes,” Nintendo said in its listing of titles available on the European eShop this week.

In other words, it’s the despised “roster update,” despite still listing for a full-price £39.99. This “Legacy Edition” will also be published for PS Vita (as well as PSP and PS3). The game’s executive producer danced around the lack of a meaningful update on the Vita when questioned about it by Eurogamer back in August.

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When asked about the future of EA’s relationship with Microsoft, Wilson was keen to emphasis the fact that EA hasn’t entirely sided with one platform holder. “You know I think we’ll have a great relationship with Microsoft for the foreseeable future. But I also don’t think that means we won’t have a great relationship with Sony. I mean at the end of the day we’re a platform agnostic company. We have great relationships with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. There’s different things we do with different partners on different titles and different franchises.”

But despite acknowledging Nintendo, FIFA 14 and other key EA Sports titles aren’t in the works for Nintendo’s latest platform, Wii U. “We’re not building for Nintendo right now, but we have a tremendous relationship with them and have had a long relationship with them, and should it make sense for us to do so in the future we’ll absolutely roll that into the plan.”

Translation in dating terms: “We’re in bed and having great sex with Microsoft right now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have the occasional fling with Sony when we want some variety! As for Nintendo umm…..he’s a nice guy, but I’m just not that attracted to him anymore.  But we’re still really good friends!”

When you read through all the PR speak, it’s pretty obvious who EA is betting on for this upcoming generation.  Microsoft.  EA’s going for monogamy.  That’s great for relationships, but not so good for business if the company you’re in bed with turns out to be a dead fish.  Nintendo is in the friend zone.  And as every guy knows, once you get pushed into the friend zone, there’s no getting out!

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More than 150 colleges, conferences and bowl games have approved a three-year contract extension with EA Sports to continue production of its college football video game, which has been at the center of a legal controversy.

The announcement, confirmed Friday, comes two days after the NCAA announced it would not renew its contract with EA Sports after next year, citing business reasons and litigation costs amid a raft of lawsuits involving the game. The NCAA’s decision means the popular game no longer will be called “NCAA Football” but rather “College Football,” with each school or league deciding to opt in or out through Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), their licensing agent. Some schools did opt out for different reasons, though it’s not clear how many. CLC represents nearly 200 colleges, conferences and bowl games.

“More than 150 colleges, conferences and Bowl Games have approved the extension thus far,” CLC spokesman Andrew Giangola told USA TODAY Sports. “For various reasons, schools and conferences typically come and go across the life span of any licensed product, as is the case with this game.”

After the NCAA opted out, questions were raised about the game’s future: If the NCAA deemed it to be too big of a legal problem, would schools feel the same way?

The contract renewal answers that question about the football game, although the renewal was in the works well before the NCAA announcement.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/07/19/ea-sports-college-football-contract-renewed/2570119/

So, what this basically means is that EA, who has had a stranglehold on football video games for the last several years due to exclusivity deals with the NCAA and NFL, no longer has exclusivity on NCAA football games.  Hopefully, now EA will start to feel what competition with other developers feels like again thanks to this.  I hope the NFL follows suit when their contract with EA is up as well.