Tiger Woods games unaffected by scandal

EA Sports says 11-year collaboration on PGA Tour golf games "remains unchanged" following athlete's admission of personal "transgressions."

Long a darling of the sports world, Tiger Woods found himself on the front page of many-a-tabloid this week. Following a mysterious car crash over the weekend, he was the subject of an US Magazine story in which a Los Angeles waitress claimed she had an affair with the pro golfer.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 was the latest hit in the golf series.

The article, accompanied by a recording allegedly of Woods to the waitress, set off a media firestorm culminating in the athlete issuing a statement on his official Web site. In it, he admitted to personal "transgressions" and apologized to his wife and family.

Woods' admission led to widespread questions about his myriad endorsement deals, which have helped make him a billionaire at age 33. However, since then, Reuters reports that a litany of his sponsors, which include Procter & Gamble's Gilette razors, Pepsico's Gatorade sports drink, and Nike athletic wear, have said the scandal won't affect their deals with the athlete.

Joining that chorus of support is Electronic Arts, longtime developer and publisher of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series of golfing sims. "Our strong relationship with Tiger for more than a decade remains unchanged," the company said in statement provided to GameSpot. "We respect Tiger's privacy, we wish him a fast recovery, and we look forward to seeing him back on the golf course." (The same statement was given to other media outlets.)

EA has already made a big investment in Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online.

EA's collaboration with Woods dates all the way back to 1998, when it published Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf for the PC and original PlayStation. Since then, the series has appeared on every major gaming platform save the Sega Dreamcast, selling millions of copies. The most recent installment, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, was released in June for the Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. According to NPD Group figures, the game had sold nearly 1 million units on all platforms in the US as of October 31, with nearly half of those being the MotionPlus-enhanced Wii version.

As for the future of Tiger Woods games, EA Sports president Peter Moore announced in August that Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online is currently in closed beta. The browser-based game, which was recently previewed by GameSpot, will charge players a subscription fee in exchange for the regular addition of courses and features. EA has also indicated microtransactions may be added to the game at a later date.

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Sean2012Oly
Sean2012Oly

Cheating on your wife is never a good thing, but who knows what it was like to live with her, maybe he is just a straight up a$sho!e on the other hand maybe she is the biggest b*$ch. There are still better ways to go about it though, like get a divorce....

Sonicplys
Sonicplys

Who cares what is happening to Tiger Wood's personal life. Whats important is that the innovative Wii version is ten times better than the uninspired 360/PS3 versions. That is all that matters.

ajnaguy
ajnaguy

The cover shot of Eldrick (or maybe we should drop the 'r' now?) transported in the throes of ecstasy, his mighty club fully erect in his hand, means something totally different to me now. Lying, cheating SCHMUCK.

Petch1984
Petch1984

People gossip about celebs like they personally know them...you only know a media representation; which is created to sell papers/magazines. The downfall of this character is just another episode...next year: The COMEBACK. Tiger wins everything, renews his wedding vows, has a kid.

maxwell97
maxwell97

Tiger = whiner. He makes a literal fortune from endorsements, which are based on his public image; then, when the public finds out he's been cheating with, oh, eight or nine different women, he claims that it's a "private matter" and moans that he should be left alone? Ha. Well, Gatorade dropped him today, and hopefully they won't be the last. EA talks big now, but let's see what happens when all the Christmas-shopping moms find themselves staring at his smiling face on the store shelves, and walk away. Vijay Singh 2011? Tiger owes an apology to his wife above all, but also to his sponsors and the public he played.

OtterX09
OtterX09

I demand downloadable hoes in Tiger Woods 11.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

@ Hollaback77 - truer words were never spoken, tiger should've had the right to work this out in private with his wife and whoever else was involved, and as for sponsors dropping him, i think thats not right either.. hes paid to be a golfer, and what happens in his personal life is nobodys business but his own

RandyAU93
RandyAU93

And we have the first sponsor to bail on Tiger ... Gatorade. Will it be the last?

ico92
ico92

thats great but how was this ever gonna affect gaming? oh yeah it wasnt so this article was kinda pointless

FF_fan2004
FF_fan2004

Meh, he's human. He's like some other married men out there in the world, with their "transgressions".

Triton
Triton

All this means is next year EA can add some new game features for a change... Next year they can call it "Cheetah Woods" - keep it in the cat family...

Hollaback77
Hollaback77

Buying a tabloid magazine should be a crime.

playette22
playette22

why would they affect that his a male let him do what he wants.....0_o am I the only person that thinks that?

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

The "practice your escape from a tricky spot under a tree" now has a whole new meaning for the next game

HerbalVideogame
HerbalVideogame

Dang. I was looking forward to some "Scandalous" gameplay. Wakka wakka wakka.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

who cares about is personal life other than the "gutter" press??

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

so yeah...i know a lot more about this "scandal" than i care to know. lol

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i'm kinda tired of hearing about the tiger scandal all the time. seriously, isn't there anything else more important to talk about? while i was at work (i work on a truck delivering) the guy i was with had the radio on some sports news station, and i swear all they were talking about for at least 4 hours was tiger woods. WHO CARES!?!!?

bornej
bornej

They could have called it "big bowel movements golf" and it would sell if it was a good game and not if it was bad one. I don't think anyone really cares who is on the cover and this kind of proves it.

Lach0121
Lach0121

the reason why everyone is focusing on this is because, our media is making us focus on this.. seriously you see the tiger woods story on the news... right big all over the screen.. and as that is happening, at the bottom of the screen in tiny letters scrolling by real fast is, stuff like.. 30,000 troops being deployed in Afghanistan. or that the recovery.gov website is creating over 440 districts all over the US... meaning that the money is still unaccounted for.(example, over 700,000 thousand dollars went to create/save over 30 jobs for people in Arizona's 15th district..... funny thing is Arizona only has 8 districts, there is no 15th district) also the recovery.gov site took over 18million dollars to create. both of those are more important and more relevant in every way, than this tiger woods "scandal" so why does the tiger woods case got the big story? all the reporters and anchors and all are reporting on tiger woods, and, passing this information scrolling across the bottom of the screen off as just stupid information that no one needs to worry about...... FACT: THERE ARE BIGGER THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT THAN TIGERS PERSONAL LIFE, even if he slept around with 40 women...

Petch1984
Petch1984

US Magazine is disgusting. The way they brag about uncovering private issues turns my stomach...I don't care what Tiger has done and I accept free speech but it's the smugness that gets me. They warp more minds than a million infidelities.

toadman682000
toadman682000

Some guy had an affair. Why does anyone (other than his family) care? I don't. This isn't Jesus they're talking about, it's simply some guy who happens to be good at golf. Why should we expect him to live at a higher moral standard than the rest of us? What gives us the right to judge the personal decisions of another man?

brok
brok

I'm not surprised. For EA money is king, and morals mean nothing.

otanikun
otanikun

Alex_09 I probably shouldn't have said what I said but honestly, who really cares unless it's within his actual family or social network of rich friends? I really don't, all I can really say is that there is nothing bad nor good about the entire situation, yes he commited an infidelity, and I'm sure he thought about what he was doing and at what price it might have had, but I'm 99.999% sure it wouldn't have happened had things been right in his home. Some things were obviously not being satisfied and he had to find it elsewhere, though it is sad it came to that, things happen, and if he wanted to stop it before it came to this point, I'm sure he would have.

Born_Lucky
Born_Lucky

"Who cares? Another major athlete cheated on their wife. Tell me something new. The ones looking down on him really need to stop with this "holier than thou" attitude." =================================== Sooo. . . . we should teach our daughters that it's okay for a man to cheat on his wife? That's just sick.

GameShark9000
GameShark9000

Those useless People magazines that my family subscribes are already all over this. I personally couldn't care less about that trash. Though reporters have a family of their own to fed, I for one wouldn't want to go into people's deep, dark business to get a profit.

jeffv541
jeffv541

Has anyone seen my pants?

efunk25
efunk25

I think this scandal could be used as some interesting game play in Tiger Woods 2011. Maybe Tiger could troll for chicks at the local clubhouse bars.

Paul_GameFury
Paul_GameFury

Didn't Donte Stallworth drive drunk and kill someone? That only got a couple blurbs in the newspaper and was forgotten as quickly as it happened.

Paul_GameFury
Paul_GameFury

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hunter8man
hunter8man

Who cares? Another major athlete cheated on their wife. Tell me something new. The ones looking down on him really need to stop with this "holier than thou" attitude. And I wish these tabloid media sources would just go away.

opie1981
opie1981

yea good idea ea who else in the PGA can sell a golf game

2pac_makaveli
2pac_makaveli

i wouldnt care if tiger was a mass murderer he is still the man

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

what a lame article. On a good note, I hear the Wii version of PGA tour 2010 is a great game. Maybe I'll finally buy a Wii game again.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Dude Golf is only fun as a computer game; and its only fun when its a Tiger woods game. Who the hell is going to play Lee Janzen 2011. I was not really bothered by what he did either.

Lach0121
Lach0121

skatan22 sweet thanks bro, ill copy and paste that into my (try out this music folder) lol i really do have one lol. unfortunately i have no website with my music on it. but i am seriously thinking of finding a place to upload it, so it can be found and heard on sites like playlist.com and maybe LALA.com but ill definately check out your music bro, my girlfriend and i will prolly do that here in just a sec, after we get done packing for our trip.

tunaface
tunaface

Waaaaa!! Tiger got caught!!! Waaaaa!!! Who freaking cares? He's a golfer. I'm sick of the media attention people get because of crap like this.

skatan22
skatan22

Cool Lach0121, sounds like you and I would be trouble lol. Check out www.crumbrecords.com - my former band called Rude Society. There's a couple old songs on there you might dig.

p2250
p2250

I find swedish women look manly, and quite frankly I don't find Elin attractive. Tiger should have known that she married him for his money and fame, she was just a nanny before she met him, she should consider herself lucky.

RGDT021
RGDT021

Whats the difference between a golf ball and a car? Tiger can drive a golf ball 400 yards! Ba-dum cha!

Lach0121
Lach0121

Skatan22 why, yes it is :) jeff loomis 7string with FR trem. been playing bout 9 years, anything from pink floyd to iced earth and dream theater, nevermore, but i tend to play more of my own stuff most of the time, like to sit down and jam. got me a music pc to record and compose with, nothing too special, cubase and fruityloops, and a few other things. but its better than nothing.. lol i bet the action and sustain on that les paul is awesome. my neck is a little bowed, due to heavier string tension onced i changed them to tune it down to Bb. but i can get that fixed soon. then my action should be alot better. lol i totally feel ya on the golf lol.

skatan22
skatan22

Lach0121, agreed on HAARP, and I was kidding about the brain frying:) Is that a Schecter in your icon? Do you play? I play a Zakk Wylde Les Paul and a Carvin strat. And why is golf even a spectator sport? Its fun to play, but I'd rather watch a tractor pull or ping pong on TV lol.

cspiffo
cspiffo

I really couldn't care less who Tiger Woods screws around with. I watch him for his golf.

Lach0121
Lach0121

skatan22. you may be right, it may have nothing to do with it.. but according to some research on it.. it can do some serious global environmental harm i could be wrong, i dont know for sure... but i know for a installation under the navy and airforce, no one working on it seems to comment on it. which means they are covering up something. and btw you can move clouds with energy lol we did it in science class (and they do it at our SCI-PORT).. and look at the amout of watts it has... and no ( a billion watts is incorrect) it is actually 3.6 million watts.. but still that is an insane amount of energy. (btw it is never cool to control someones brain, or even fry it, no matter what country your from) but i promise you DONT know all about it. neither do i. it is so hush hush. (lol and i wasnt trying to connect it to tiger woods, that would be one hell of a stretch of imagination lol) but hopefully we can know more about it.. along with alot of other things out there. seems our government forgets they work for us... its not supposed to be the other way around.

skatan22
skatan22

The funny thing is, his wife is more of a Nordic goddess type, and the mistresses are slutty looking brunettes with New Jersey hair do's.

SpikedStrider
SpikedStrider

Make crashing a car or golf cart part the game. As far cheating goes, at least he can run as a politician now. He will fit right in. I mean he golfs and cheats. Makes him a slime ball in my book.