While the NCAA Football series was already in hot water, earlier today EA Sports announced they have cancelled any college football game in 2014 and presumably throughout the near future, likely due to the domino-like breakdown in licensing deals after the NCAA pulled its licensing from the EA Sports college football game series just a week after its launch in July this year.
The most defining sentence in EA’s announcement to cancel the series came at the end of the second paragraph, in which Cam Weber, GM of American Football at EA Sports writes:
“The ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position – one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA SPORTS games.”
Lo and behold, Samit Sakar of Polygon reports later this evening that EA and the CLC seemed to have settled their student-athlete lawsuit according to documents filed in federal court today. The CLC-EA suit had quite a history throughout the years as NCAA Football marched on, but unfortunately the player likeness issue seems too big an elephant in the room for NCAA licensing while these amateur athletes remain unpaid for their work on the field.
EA had no comment on the report, but it certainly seems we’re seeing the end of an era for now at EA Sports and hope the talented team that made that series possible is appropriately redistributed or find new opportunities.