NCAA will drop name from college sports games starting with what would have been NCAA Football ’15
In a surprise announcement, starting in June 2014 the NCAA will no longer let it’s name or logo be put on college sports games. Which means EA’s NCAA football ’15 won’t bare the NCAA brand on it.
Here is the statement from the NCAA:
“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.”
EA has said it will still make it’s annual college football game, it just won’t have the NCAA in it’s name.
Here is the statement from Andrew Wilson EA Sports’ Executive Vice President:
“EA SPORTS will continue to develop and publish college football games, but we will no longer include the NCAA names and marks. Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Company is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, leagues and all the innovation fans expect from EA SPORTS.
We took big creative strides with this year’s college game and you’ll see much more in the future. We love college football and look forward to making more games for our fans.”
This news should have no effect on EA Sports’ College Sports games at all outside of a name change, other than that all systems will be a go. EA had a very successful release with NCAA Football ’14 with the Infinity Engine 2, the improvements to Dynasty Mode, and the addition of Ultimate Team which has become a fan favorite in all of EA Sports’ titles. You can read the review I did for NCAA FB ’14 here.