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NCAA Football 14 Is The Last Ride For EA

Posted on July 17, 2013 AT 11:51am

If you want to play a college football video game from EA Sports, this year might be your last chance to play for awhile – or maybe ever. In a stunning move today, the NCAA announced that they would not renew their contract with Electronic Arts. The NCAA released a press release following the announcement on their website stating the following:

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. We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.

The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes. Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game. They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.

So there you have it – no more NCAA Football from EA Sports. The NCAA did not comment on if they would partner with another developer or publisher regarding future of their franchise in the video game industry however, after reading that statement, it looks like there would be a lot of red tape to get through. What are your thoughts NCAA Football 14 being the last iteration from EA, and what impact will this have on  EA Sports and college football alike? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and let us know!

Albert Perkins is one of the journalists writing for DigitalNoob, and also co-hosts & produces The Weekly Beat Podcast on DigitalNoob. Away from gaming you can find Albert watching sports, television, movies, and regularly being the jokester & punch line amongst his friends. You can follow him on Twitter @AlbertPerkins.

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