REPORT: NFL and 2K Sports Announce Partnership that ends EA's 15-year-long exclusivity deal
The NFL has entered into a new multi-year partnership with video game publisher 2K Games for multiple "non-simulation football game experiences" according to a release.
While many fans were initially thrilled with the news, the "non-simulation" factor means that 2k will not be an a direct competitor with EA Sports in the very near future.
However, as Darren Rovell points out, the NFL's deal with EA Sports ends after the 2021 season.
This could open the door for 2K to produce simulation games in the future, but it is not on the table as of now.
EA issued the following statement in response to Tuesday's announcement: "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 for non-exclusive development of non-simulation games on various platforms. Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans almost 30 years, has never been stronger, and we're having our biggest year yet. 'Madden NFL 20' is the most successful game ever in the franchise, and new modes like Superstar KO and our Madden NFL esports broadcasts are growing the fan base. We'll be building on that momentum with more new and different experiences, on more platforms and with new ways to play, in the years to come."
We will see what happens, but there appears to be a change brewing in the world of NFL video games.