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EA and NFL Renew Licensing Deal for Madden

IbizaPocholo

NeoGAFs Kent Brockman

The NFL and EA revealed that they had reached a multi-year agreement that guarantees the continuation of the Madden NFL Championship Series esports league. The continued partnership will allow the MCS to align itself with the NFL's actual football season. The esports championship, the Ultimate Madden NFL 23 Bowl will also take place on the same week as Super Bowl 57. In addition, the tournament finals include a prize pool of $1 million in addition to another $700,000 that will be available throughout the season. As it so happens, this announcement comes as Madden 23's release date rapidly approaches.

In the announcement, VP of EA Esports Brent Koning spoke of the MCS and how it allows anyone to become an NFL champion from their couch:

"Madden NFL esports continues to deepen the love of the game with fans, players, and viewers. It’s teaching viewers how to improve at the game, while deepening engagement with Madden’s most loyal fanbase. Since the MCS started five years ago, it has helped showcase the game by elevating the greatest players in the world, while giving every single Madden NFL player the chance to go from couch to champion."

Ed Kiang, vice president of video gaming at the NFL also expressed his excitement at the continuation of the partnership and expanding the fandom off the field:

"Extending our partnership with EA is another avenue for the league to grow fandom off the field and enhance the EA Sports Madden NFL Championship Series by aligning Madden competitive gaming with NFL moments."
 

DeepEnigma

Gold Member
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About broke my heart.... Who the fuck cares about this? When is EA's exclusive nfl rights for games up for renewal? Set it free ffs

EDIT: it was already exclusive through 2026, this is for the shitty tournament or whatever, dep
 
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BennyBlanco

aka IMurRIVAL69
but is it exclusive?

man NFL 2k was good, until it wasn't. NFL 2K & MVP Baseball > The Show & Madden.

we want good sports games again

it's actually crazy that EA was so threatened by nfl2k that they just bought the exclusive license. NFL2k5 launched at fuckin $20 and was amazing!

I don't even know why 2k would do that. They undercut EA by $40 and launched a month earlier, and the game was sick.
 
it's actually crazy that EA was so threatened by nfl2k that they just bought the exclusive license. NFL2k5 launched at fuckin $20 and was amazing!

I don't even know why 2k would do that. They undercut EA by $40 and launched a month earlier, and the game was sick.
They probably undercut and released early to take an immediate bite of the existing userbase... Would have worked if EA weren't a bunch of faggots and the NFL wasn't ran by a bunch of cunts

Here's hoping the license isn't extended in... 2026🙄
 

TransTrender

Gold Member
So they're hosting a cash prize tournament for their fake pay to win 'esport' where the most important attribute you need to have is a deep pocket?
Cool, cool
 

metaverse

Member
This is great news. EA are prime developers when it comes to delivering ground breaking game play experiences across all major sporting events. They remain untouched in the realm of American football.
 
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