The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. However, the deal was called „the largest and most comprehensive game agreement in NFL history.” In response to Tuesday`s announcement, EA made the following statement: „EA Sports is the exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games, and our partnership with the NFL and NFLpa remains unchanged. Our agreements have always allowed the non-exclusive development of non-simulated games on different platforms. Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans nearly 30 years, has never been stronger, and we have our greatest year to date. „Madden NFL 20” is the most successful game in the franchise, and new modes like superstar KO and our Madden NFL esports transmissions are growing the fan community. It is on this dynamic that we will build on in the years to come, with new and different experiences, on more platforms and on new game modes. EA Sports Executive Vice President Cam Weber said the two sides had been talking for months. Many wondered what the future of the relationship might be after 2K Sports signed a contract with the NFL in March to produce non-simulation games. EA Sports will work with both the NFL and the NFL Players Association on future projects, including new video game franchises or an increased presence in the esports competition industry. Since 2005, the company has held exclusive rights to NFL games in the style of simulation.
„Building on the most successful year of all time for Madden NFL, it`s a powerful time for EA Sports to meet with the NFL and NFLPA in this new, high-profile partnership,” said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. „Together, we have a huge opportunity to entertain more players through new Madden NFL experiences, games in new genres and on new platforms. , Esports and new innovations that will increase fans` love for the NFL around the world.” That`s great news! I miss NBA Live and I`ve never been able to get used to the terrible controls for NBA 2K. I`m glad I don`t have to give up another sports title. The financial terms of the extension were not disclosed. Asked about the length of the extension, an NFL representative confirmed to Polygon that the new contract would last „from today” for a period of six years and would extend the contract until May 2026. The representative also stated that the contract contains a provision for a one-year extension at the end. This additional year depends on the achievement of some of EA`s revenue targets, reports Albert Breer of The MMQB.