In a stunning development today, the NCAA announced that they will not be renewing their licensing contract with video game maker EA Sports, developer of the “NCAA Football” series.
In the NCAA’s press release, the college sports governing body states: “The NCAA has made the decision not to enter a new contract for the license of its name and logo for the EA Sports NCAA Football video game. The current contract expires in June 2014, but our timing is based on the need to provide EA notice for future planning. As a result, the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo.”
EA Sports has made college football games ever since the “Bill Walsh College Football” series began in the early ’90s. The most recent EA Sports college football game, “NCAA Football 14” has been met with mostly positive feedback from gamers critics alike.
Those people claiming that this is the end of EA Sports college football games altogether might be overreacting just a bit. According to the Twitter timeline of Kotaku’s Owen Good (@owengood), the only thing EA won’t be able to use in future games in the term “NCAA” and the actual NCAA logo. All schools could still be available through the Collegiate Licensing Company. Let’s hope this is the case.