EA signs new college football deal

Publisher and Collegiate Licensing Company agree to new three-year deal for college football games.

Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have agreed to a new and nonexclusive three-year deal that will allow EA to continue to make new college football games.

The agreement, first reported by Joystiq, was confirmed to GameSpot by the CLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It will take effect next July and gives EA the rights to use "more than 150 colleges, conferences, and bowl games" in its franchise. It is not clear if any schools have chosen not to participate.

The full statement is below.

"I can confirm that CLC, as trademark licensing agent for schools, conferences and bowls, has signed a three-year extension of the license agreement with EA, extending its rights to include their logos, trademarks, stadiums, mascots, and other school-specific indicia in a College Football Video Game that EA produces and sells," the representative said. "More than 150 colleges, conferences, and Bowl Games have approved the extension thus far."

The new agreement comes just two days after the NCAA announced that it would not renew its licensing agreement with EA Sports, citing "current business climate and costs of litigation."

EA is currently developing a new college football game for next-generation platforms the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, though details on the game have not been announced.

NCAA Football 14 launched earlier this month for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

The NCAA backing out means that the threat of being sued by past players for using their likeness is a real threat. EA doesn't really care since they can say that the NCAA or now the CLC let them do this. EA might pay but it won't be as bad as the NCAA or the CLC.

Je5usPiece
Je5usPiece

Personally, I think College Football games can't get anymore advanced, only guess is that your created player gets a little bit more personal in your road to the NFL?

the_hunger
the_hunger

This is fine, as long as it is not an exclusive license.  Now, let's hope that the NFL soon makes their license non-exclusive, so that Madden gets some competition.

afrsamurai88
afrsamurai88

Screw you EA.  Thanks to you I haven't enjoyed a football video game in about 8 years. 

santinegrete
santinegrete

And not a single fuck was given that day...

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

Still find it hilarious that in all the years since 2K stopped making football games, theirs is still better than all the recycled versions EA have churned out. 

Here's hoping they'll take this non-exclusive deal as an opportunity

hunter8man
hunter8man

Alright 2K. Hop back in there and give us a new game. After renting this year's NCAA game, I'm done with it. Gameplay was good, but mostly everything else was a recycled package with many graphic and audio glitches throughout.

atopp399
atopp399

Wonder if they can use real names?  I hate EA.

StaticKornSlipX
StaticKornSlipX

My favorite word in this article is 'non-exclusive' . Hopefully in the near future consumers will have alternative college football game they can purchase.

HartPuncher
HartPuncher

It's good that EA hasn't made a good one of those since 2006

Thesuperstar2k
Thesuperstar2k

Welp on to the same game every year. Stupid EA.....

fredwv
fredwv

I'll pass.  Gonna wait for College Tecmo Bowl 

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

As a student, do you have a right to not let them use your name? Honestly if I was a star player at a school, I wouldn't be letting my school profit off my name.

soolar79
soolar79

so NCAA told them to shove it, and they took the the minor league of College football?

bopmonty
bopmonty

If it's "non-exclusive", does that mean other developers will be able to make NCAAF games? Or is that just some lousy buzzword thrown in to get our hopes up? 

berserker66666
berserker66666

Does anyone even buy these piece of shit EA game anymore?

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

Yay, we can continue to get the same game year after year with little improvement from one year to the next. I can't wait.

vicecitysaint
vicecitysaint

Another reason why america sucks, this is just one big corporate country where money dictates choices

KingTrax999
KingTrax999

They should have "MASCOT BATTLES" mini-game, that might get me interested.

fanirama
fanirama

I don't want to EA stop making football games. What I want is for more people to be allowed to make licensed games. 

It is simple really. Instead of getting revenue from one company for making your game (in NFL's case), it would be smart if NFL allowed many companies to make NFL licensed games. Then they make more money, gamers enjoy football, competition causes innovation and there will a leader for NFL game every few years as the other company "outthinks" the other.

I don't want just 2K to be good at football games. I'd rather they all were at one point so we continue to get good games with choice

coletrain26
coletrain26

The 2K series was putting it to Madden before EA forked over all that money for exclusive rights. Competition breeds better quality products. Go back to the PlayStation and NFL Gameday, they changed how football games looked, and Madden had to follow suit.

You can play NFL 2K5 right now and the physics are still impressive for an 8 year old game. 2K always had that over EA.

jediknight52501
jediknight52501

i wish this would happen with the NFL and MLB games, that way more companies can make good Sports games.

thecatsix
thecatsix

@sargentpsgamer  If you were a star player at a school, you would probably be profiting with a scholarship...room, board, education, etc...

snacky_smorez
snacky_smorez

@soolar79 No the colleges themselves can agree to be in the game. They just won't be able to use the NCAA branding anywhere in the game. The best part is the non-exclusivity.

Foleman
Foleman

@bopmonty No, it means others can. Whether or not anyone does make one is up in the air though, since while some people expect 2K to do something, they killed their College Football series before the exclusivity deal even happened.

Also this means that EA's series will probably be call College Football, since they can't use the NCAA logo or name now.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@Monsta1217 Considering the new deal is non-exclusive, they probably paid a lot less than they used to.

Foleman
Foleman

@FidelSarcastro It's not the same game! Now it'll be called College Football, since they can't call it NCAA Football anymore.

heko2306
heko2306

@coletrain26You can play NFL 2K5 right now and the physics are still impressive for an 8 year old game. 2K always had that over EA. 

that is how good 2k is when a game from 2004 is still 1000 times better then all Madden from the 2000-20xx :)

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

@thecatsix @sargentpsgamer Not really. Thats the school begging you to come there to make their school more money. if you are a star player, you can choose to have that anywhere. Meanwhile the school profits off merchandise, game deals, tv deals, ticket sales, news, etc.... and then top it off with other people paying thousands of dollars to go there because you made the team better.

jhpiv4
jhpiv4

Let's hope they revive it! I always liked 2K's football mechanics better. They felt smoother.