Exclusive rights to NFL simulation video games Owned by EA Sports until 2025 thanks to the voice of the owner of this offseason league, but that doesn’t mean it at the moment The NFL players will not be shown in other games anytime soon. 2K, the publisher of video games behind the annual “The NBA The 2K series “and the popular” ESPN NFL 2K5 “game on Thursday announced an agreement with the NFL Players Association to include more than 2,000 NFL players in several new soccer matches starting in 2021.
2K, which operates under the Take-Two Interactive umbrella, has announced earlier “multi-year partnership” with the NFL to produce football-related games in the future. The latest 2K agreement, made side by side with OneTeam Partners (OneTeam) – a joint venture between NFLPA, MLBPA and RedBird Capital – confirms that the games will feature the names of active NFL players, back numbers, pictures and drawings.
The upcoming 2K new game is classified as a “non-simulation” game, which is technically exclusive to EA Sports and its annual “Madden” franchise. But it is not clear what meets and does not qualify as “simulation.” For example, 2K said in a press release about the NFLPA agreement that the game would be “the experience of a soccer match,” signaling potential similarity to the game on match day found in “Madden.” Either way, the acquisition of 2K in the form of NFL players marked a clear step towards re-entering the NFL video game market.
“We are very pleased to be working with the NFLPA and OneTeam to bring the biggest and best stars in football to the matches we are working on,” said 2K president David Ismailer. “We want to provide an authentic, memorable and enjoyable fan experience, and having a list of real-life sports heroes through the Players Association and OneTeam is a big part of realizing that promise.”
The title, developer and specific game release date will be announced later.
2K released six different NFL simulation titles between 1999-2004, most recently published “critically acclaimed NFL 2K5 ESPN.” Electronic Arts signed an exclusivity agreement with the NFL shortly thereafter to ensure EA Sports holds the right to simulation in the future NFL game as part of the “Madden” series, which began in 1988.
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