Tiger Woods' agent negotiating with another game company

[UPDATE] Tiger Woods will not be included in EA's new PGA Tour at all, according to report.

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[UPDATE] ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell said on Twitter today, "To be clear, not only will Tiger not be on the cover and the game won't have his name, he won't be in the EA game at all."

The original story is below.

EA Sports may have dropped Tiger Woods from the title of its future PGA Tour games, but the athlete's run in professional golf games could continue with another publisher.

Woods' agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN that he is currently speaking with another, unspecified game company regarding the golfer's video game rights. EA Sports said yesterday that its partnership with the PGA Tour "remains strong," noting EA is the "exclusive" developer of PGA Tour games.

"We had an incredible run," Steinberg told ESPN. "Outside of [John] Madden, you would be hard pressed to find a sports figure that meant as much to a video game company as Tiger meant to EA. But times are changing and EA had to re-evaluate the partnership and frankly so did we."

Woods was the most dominant player in professional golf during the 2013 season. He won five times on tour--including at The Players--was named Player of the Year, and topped the money list, taking home more than $8.5 million in winnings during the season.

EA Sports' new PGA Tour game is currently in development for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and mobile devices, though no release date has been set.

Discussion

34 comments
BallOBaseSimmer
BallOBaseSimmer

EA dropped the ball with the last several TW volumes. Then to feature the Masters and force PC fans to pay to play online put an end to the series. EA does not deserve a monopoly on pro sports games. They've ripped off consumers with poor products for too long.  

dkslade
dkslade

Links 2014. I loved the game on Xbox. But EA owns mostly all golf properties.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Wow. Definitely sounds like there's been a falling out. If it comes down to a battle of the brands, I reckon PGA will do better than Tiger Woods. People will still know what kind of game their getting with EA. Any other developer would really have to get their game together, excuse the pun.

RainIsMyDrug
RainIsMyDrug

Tiger must have wanted more money which EA wasn't going to pay

divinejester
divinejester

Honestly TWoods is the only reason the majority of people watch golf; its one thing not to have him on the cover, but not in the game period.  EA sport franchises are dying left and right.

deathstream
deathstream

PGA Tour with no Tiger Woods sounds like a must-skip title.  How do you make a PGA game and leave out the tour's most dominant player?  Same goes for a Tiger Woods game without the PGA.  He is a great golfer, but he is only part of the package.


Lose-lose situation here.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Possible other games for Tiger Woods: 

A game about Woods (or even a forest), perhaps it's haunted, like Slender.

A game about Tiger, either a zoo tycoon game or an RTS featuring the Tiger tank from WW2.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Agent  "Tiger, EA dropper your name from the game, should welook into other publishers?"

Tiger  "My name's on video games now?"

stylechyld
stylechyld

Tiger Woods has no value any more..and I'm glad EA pulled out since Tiger's ego is way over his head... the next tiger woods game will come out via 2K Games...mark my words.

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

I'm sorry Tiger, but it's over. And it's your own damn fault

finalkain
finalkain

LOL When you cant win a tournament to save your life, Sponsors go Bye Bye

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

hmmm, what other dev makes decent golf games? doubt there is a large enough market for two, let alone one that is vastly inferior to the EA franchise. tiger, you have enough freaking money, why not give it a rest already and let go of the game tie ins?

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

"noting EA is the "exclusive" developer of PGA Tour games"

Read:  EA has the rights to the world of golf so we can continue to make more garbage golf games.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

Tiger Woods golf has gone nowhere, technically, in the past 10 years.  Looking forward to some competition.   

tomservo51
tomservo51

Why do we need two golf games? 

Because there's a hole in one.

Kayweg
Kayweg

As a PC player this is awesome news to me. Tiger Woods 99 was basically my entry to online gaming. I enjoyed it and the first few sequels a lot, before the TW series joined the usal rince and repeat waggon of EA Sports' annual relases.

After it's last incarnation (TW2k8) EA all but dropped PC golf until a half baked browser based Tigerwoodsonline released in 2010...it has since shut down earlier this year, and good riddance.

No guarantees, that whoever gets the rights for a new Tiger Woods game will actually release a PC version....but at least now there's a shimmer of hope again for PC golfers.


allever
allever

EA believes it has the franchise in its grasp, so there is no need to pay Tiger for his image. It would be interesting to see how Tiger will play this.

blackace
blackace

Microsoft perhaps? EA has the rights to the PGA Tour, but not the PGA players. I think they have the rights to the TPC courses, but that's about it. I'd be interested to see who grabs the Tiger Woods contract though.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Just what we need. Two golf games.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

The unspecified company is Vivid entertainment.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@stylechyld He was still the top player in 2013 and has a huge following.  Not sure that it's worth what EA was probably paying, but to say his name has no value is incorrect.

The_Last_Paladi
The_Last_Paladi

@finalkain Did you even read the article?  He was the most dominant player this year so he obviously won some tournaments...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@jakesnakeel Gone nowhere, as in he's still at the top?  Agreed...
(EDIT: Nevermind you were probably talking about the video game, so also agreed.)

cjtopspin
cjtopspin

@Kayweg 08 was the best...and it went downhill from there.  STRAIGHT downhill.

allever
allever

@RicanV I'm not into Golf, but I think it's better to have choices.  Competition is great.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@cjtopspin @Kayweg Or you could say that the golf ball got lost in the Woods and was nowhere to be found, i.e. they lost it at that point.