Today marks a sad day not only in the video gaming world but the college football world. On July 9, 2013, the last EA Sports NCAA College Football video game was released. Since then through a string of court cases and lawsuits, the NCAA stripped us of one of the best sports video game franchises.
Much of the controversy with the game stemmed from licensing rights and the use of player likenesses. The NCAA of course tries and finds every way imaginable to stop student-athletes from collecting any type of profit, even when these same players are bringing in MILLIONS for these schools.
The NCAA has long been a lightning rod for its poor decision making, unfair rules, and lack of competent leadership. And, one thing many college fans have not forgiven is the end to the EA Sports College Football video game era. Much like how the NCAA reaches into the pockets of college athletes, they reached into our gaming systems and robbed us of the joy of playing our favorite football video game.
No longer could we run the glorious college option offense while cheerleading chants ring in the background. Or scoring a touchdown and having the band strike up the old fight song. We were robbed of playing with DeShaun Watson, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Leonard Fournette, and Christian McCaffery, among many others.
Today we should all call upon the NCAA to right its unjust wrong and return us our beloved NCAA College Football video game.
Is There Hope For A Future NCAA Football Video Game?
Many people have done their best to keep the college football game up to date over the years. Everyone over at Operations Sports message boards deserves a HUGE thank you for doing their best to comb over all of the rosters and provide us with an updated version that can be downloaded onto NCAA 14. But, it’s just not enough to quench our thirst for a new and improved college football video game.
If EA would finally be given the green light, much would go into the recreation of the game. New stadium upgrades would need to be implemented, along with jersey options and upgrading the dynasty/recruiting mode. Overall, eager fans would most likely have to wait another two years before the release of a new game.
The closest comparable video game option that is currently in the works is Gridiron Champions, which will be released in 2020. The game will not feature real universities or any resemblance to real players or schools. It’s basically an entirely made up game claiming to be a college football game. Gridiron Champions is being developed by IMackulate Vision Gaming and will be available on PlayStation, Xbox, and Steam.
A Simple Solution
The NCAA could step in and end all of this nonsense by allowing players to collect a small percentage for the use of their names, likenesses, and images. EA Sports would jump right on if the NCAA could implement common-sense practices. But folks, I would not hold your breath, with Mark Emmert at the helm, the NCAA has a history of dragging their feet on such issues.