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Old 05-15-2018, 05:02 AM   #113
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Re: Article on EA financials leaves little doubt what Madden 19 focus will be

Im probably wrong on this but I think it'd take some very strong external pressure for the NFL/NFLPA to...at the minimum... reconsider its exclusive partnership with EA. Some really critical or bad press from a variety of notable and influential sources ...major news outlets, politicians, etc. We, as gamers, can complain all we want on these forums. I think the problem is it's not a big enough story...not big enough to affect or influence the opinion of the greater public.

The NFL is about money but also public relations and perception. The league will move on something that's impacting how that shield is perceived.....player safety, domestic abuse, player protests against social injustices, etc. But NFL/ EA Madden exclusivity? Until some one kicks up enough dust on the subject for the league and broader non-gaming public to notice....nothing will change for the foreseeable future.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:58 AM   #114
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Im probably wrong on this but I think it'd take some very strong external pressure for the NFL/NFLPA to...at the minimum... reconsider its exclusive partnership with EA. Some really critical or bad press from a variety of notable and influential sources ...major news outlets, politicians, etc. We, as gamers, can complain all we want on these forums. I think the problem is it's not a big enough story...not big enough to affect or influence the opinion of the greater public.

The NFL is about money but also public relations and perception. The league will move on something that's impacting how that shield is perceived.....player safety, domestic abuse, player protests against social injustices, etc. But NFL/ EA Madden exclusivity? Until some one kicks up enough dust on the subject for the league and broader non-gaming public to notice....nothing will change for the foreseeable future.
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:18 PM   #115
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I believe they would be required to have more than just lots of cash, because that can be found. They would need a game ready to put on the shelf that the NFL viewed as being superior to Madden. The latter would be a tall task for anyone, for many reasons.
It would take time, and money, and lots of it.

Superiority of Madden is something altogether different. Its easy to be the pace setter when you're the only car on the track.

The competition wouldn't be able to best Madden sales for some time, perhaps never, but the right group could certainly put a big dent in their market share if they turned out a great product.

Its well established that franchise is all but an after thought to EA at this point. I don't know why they bother with the mode at all? If the competition could take that share of the market, that alone, they could slowly build on the rest.

Or work with the Players Union on a Legacy game. Get money into the hands of all the vets in failing health. Look at all the historic rosters created every year. And the PC crowd who did the same over the last 15 years. Guys who jump through absurd hoops to do so. Guaranteed market there. Sure, not as large as the mainstream, and not as lucrative as MUT, but it is a market, one that is not satisfied by a LONGSHOT

.. but, its easy for me pound away at my keyboard. Its an entirely different thing to stand in front of Goliath.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:27 PM   #116
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Superiority of Madden is something altogether different. Its easy to be the pace setter when you're the only car on the track.
The "superior" product has little, if anything, to do with why the NFL chose EA. EA wasn't even the highest bidder for the NFL license (whole other can of worms NOT going to be addressed here). To the NFL, it is all about brand recognition. Love it or hate it, everyone knows Madden football. It is an arm of marketing that the NFL gets from EA sports that also brings in a boat load of cash. No one making these decisions at EA or the NFL gives a **** about video games and sports gamers. Not one bit. They care about the business. That's their job. We've already seen MANY superior products to Madden over the years. Look where they are now...

The reality is that there will NEVER be another NFL game as long as EA is in business. Period. The NFL has no reason to believe there is a reason for change. Only consumers believe that, and they can't band together well enough to force a change. The only losing party here are consumers and gamers. The NFL and EA are blissfully married for any foreseeable future.

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This, of course, is why I wish EA would find a way to monetize realistic Franchise. "Pay $5 to unlock assistant coaches? 3$ to unlock schedule control (so the 49ers aren't playing the Rams in the preseason every year)? $4 to unlock choosing the Super Bowl venue each season? $5 for predraft rookie editing?" Not gonna happen. But I would pay for each and every one.


It's sad, but it is what it is.

No just no. That is just wrong.



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Would you be willing to shell out $80 or $100 upfront for the game? That seems to be the real issue here. These games must cost oodles more to develop than the older games did, but the sticker price on them has hardly budged over decades.

Microtransaction business models just allow the people who don't patronize those services to free ride on a less expensive game.
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Would you be willing to shell out $80 or $100 upfront for the game? That seems to be the real issue here. These games must cost oodles more to develop than the older games did, but the sticker price on them has hardly budged over decades.

Microtransaction business models just allow the people who don't patronize those services to free ride on a less expensive game.
I would pay hundreds for any version of Madden, 2005-2008, in 4k.

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Would you be willing to shell out $80 or $100 upfront for the game? That seems to be the real issue here. These games must cost oodles more to develop than the older games did, but the sticker price on them has hardly budged over decades.

Microtransaction business models just allow the people who don't patronize those services to free ride on a less expensive game.


Maddenís price tag includes a very, very expensive exclusive license. Microtransaction business models allow EA to continue to corner the market and denies options for people that donít like madden football.

Besides that. Sports games are based on 1 year development cycles and get returns every year. They are money printers compared to story mode games that take years of development.
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