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Old 12-10-2009, 12:55 PM   #9
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Re: First Party vs. Third Party Football Gaming

Everyone else to correct and there's a limited range of what you can discuss here.

EA has the exclusive NFL license for game developing. Period.

You may point to backyard football or whatever else has been published but that has to be cleared prior to being allowed to be distributed thanks to EA's agreement.
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Re: First Party vs. Third Party Football Gaming

Roadman,

It depends on the article. The one on Madden NFL looked pretty accurate. But, I'm Googling it now to get more facts.

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But, I could've sworn that there was a new BYFB game released recently...
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The only way we'd see another NFL game is if all the major console makers decide to revolt. That won't happen, even if it did it's been rumored that EA was thinking about putting out their own console so they may go that route. Although I think that would be EA's demise.
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Roadman,

It depends on the article. The one on Madden NFL looked pretty accurate. But, I'm Googling it now to get more facts.

Pared,

But, I could've sworn that there was a new BYFB game released recently...
He addressed BYFB. EA owns the license period. There will be no other 1st or 3rd party game, period. I'm quite certain if there was, MS would try to still grab a piece of the popular NFL pie and SCEA might try their hand again as well.

Baseball is a different animal, which is why we fortunately have a game like The Show despite 2Ks hold on 3rd party rights.

Here's a link to some details on the original deal (which was eventually extended to 2013):

http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/12...s_6114977.html

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The NFL/EA arrangement encompasses action, simulation, arcade-style, and manager games made for PCs, consoles, and handhelds (both the DS and PSP, included), giving EA a firm hold on the football gaming market. The deal does not include titles for mobile phones or Internet-based games, but does include online features of consoles.

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You see, I keep looking for articles that get into the specifics of the deal, but there are none out there. The only one was the Wiki article. I know, I know, user-edited info, but it's the only one I found.

However, I find that those specs on the consoles' CPU's were interesting. I didn't really know the dept of it all, until now. Looks like the PS3 rep at my job (Best Buy) was right...
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You see, I keep looking for articles that get into the specifics of the deal, but there are none out there. The only one was the Wiki article. I know, I know, user-edited info, but it's the only one I found.

However, I find that those specs on the consoles' CPU's were interesting. I didn't really know the dept of it all, until now. Looks like the PS3 rep at my job (Best Buy) was right...
Well, I added a link that explained it a bit.

Also, here's one from IGN that explains it as well, including BYFB:

http://sports.ign.com/articles/572/572886p1.html

A quote from EA rep Jeff Brown in the article about BYFB:

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That should cover you. As for the system specs and how they compare, I agree...it's a pretty interesting comparison. The PS3 is finally catching up on multi-platform releases though, it seems.
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This may not be related but even if a 1st party could make an NFL game they wouldn't be able to use any of the players that belong in the NFLPA...
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Two seperate licenses. Although the NFLPA was packaged in the deal, they still reserve the right to reject the deal seperately.

Okay. Now that I know it will never happen (at least for 3-4 years), what do you think of the console comparisons, and the possibility for Madden?
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