[Update: In a statement released by Executive Vice President of EA Sports Andrew Wilson, he confirmed that EA Sports’ relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company remains strong, and that college football and EA Sports will return next year, simply without the NCAA name, but with all the colleges and related licensed material largely untouched. He summarizes it best when saying, “This is simple: EA SPORTS will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks.”]
In a move that is sure to stir a lot of conversation in the coming year, the NCAA has announced it will no longer support EA Sports’ license to create NCAA Football games after this year. In a press release, they noted “the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo” as they explained that costs of litigation and and the current business climate were simply too little in the NCAA’s favor to continue participation in the series.
What does it mean?
Well, that’s another question entirely. Many are already clamoring for 2K Sports to return to the football video game world, though it is yet to be seen if they would be interested in making a college football game with all of the player likeness lawsuits swirling around the concept and their history of abandoning a college football game already. On the other hand, a lot of info coming out through Twitter from various gaming and sports reporters are saying that because the CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company) controls the licensing of so much of college football, this may have simply been a formality that only means next year’s college football game will simply not include the NCAA name.
Whatever outcome, the lawsuits surrounding this game are sure to have a lot of implications for not just sports games but all officially licensed games. If you’re looking to pick up what may be the last NCAA-licensed football game ever, NCAA Football released just last week on July 10th.