EA Sports releases statement on how new NIL rules could impact NCAA Football video game
With new Name, Image and Likeness laws now in effect, it could change how EA Sports designs the next version of NCAA Football.
The gaming company released a statement on the matter on Thursday morning, saying it is monitoring the new developments.
Here’s the statement:
“We are watching the recent developments regarding student-athlete name, image and likeness very closely. It’s still very early stages at this point, and we plan to explore the possibility of including players in EA SPORTS College Football. For now, our development team is focused on working with our partners at CLC to ensure the game authentically showcases the great sport of college football and the more than 100 institutions signed on to be featured in our game.”
Statement from EA about NIL and how it could affect the eventual college football game returning to video games. pic.twitter.com/WzzJjVIWnv
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) July 1, 2021
According to a recently-surfaced document, EA Sports is planning to re-launch in the summer of 2023. The company is currently negotiating licensing deals with FBS programs to be included in the game.
With modernized NIL laws now in effect, it seems possible that EA Sports would be able to negotiate directly with athletes to have their likenesses included in the game.
The last version of NCAA Football to be released was in 2013.