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Old 07-25-2014, 12:59 PM   #1
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OS Roundtable: How Would Football Be Different Without Exclusivity?



We all love speculation, so let's speculate into a world without exclusivity.

In our alternative universe theory, EA and the NFL never partnered up exclusively and instead -- we had two NFL games going into the new generation of sports games in 2005.

How would have the market had been different? Was there ultimately room for two games -- or would we be at one NFL game like every other sport not named the NBA or Soccer right now? Would NFL 2K have thrived? Would EA have ultimately taken the ESPN license away from 2K?

So many possibilities, let's hear your speculation...

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Old 07-25-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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"The aspect that sucked the most about the whole exclusivity fiasco of football and baseball was that the two companies, more or less, used money to ward off their superior competition. NFL 2K was the king for football, but Madden got the exclusive license. In retaliation, 2K poached the baseball license, even though MVP was a vastly superior product."

True dat !!

Exclusive license is nothing more than something used to make up for an inferior product. Corner the market and create a monopoly. In that way, no one knows they are buying crap.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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I'll always be waiting for 2k to be able to return to football. If that happens with the NFL license, that can probably start MVP's return from EA. They should just put this exclusive stuff behind them.
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Old 07-25-2014, 02:26 PM   #4
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Exclusiveness is just a bad idea. For the fans anyway...I am curious if both companies exclusive "price" is worth it. Does Madden truly sell that many more copies to warrant the price they pay the NFL for this license. I would assume so since they keep renewing...or are they just being dicks

The other thing that needs to go away is "Yearly Release" - Why do sport games think they need a yearly cycle? Give a great game every 3 years or so and just update rosters in the in between years.
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Well, from a consumer view point it would be good, because we would have more to choose from. But it's very hard to tell how well a game would have evolved with all the investment decisions that play a role. From a company stand point you have to always leave room for improvements, but at the same time have a great product. 2K football had a very good product, but it's hard to say how much better it would have been. It would have been nice to see them make some kind of football game to show more of what they could have done with their product, to at least get the NFL's attention again.
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The other thing that needs to go away is "Yearly Release" - Why do sport games think they need a yearly cycle? Give a great game every 3 years or so and just update rosters in the in between years.
I would support this, and have said the same with many titles, not just sports games (Assassin's Creed?). The hardware is so powerful now that developers could produce some AMAZING games if they weren't rushed by the yearly cycle.
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Sanner nailed it 100%
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Competition always makes things better. Exclusivity like this should be illegal.
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