EA Sports College Football may use likenesses of real college athletes


Illustration for article titled Supreme Court Ruling Means EA Sports' College Football can very well portray the likenesses of real players

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When EA Sports announced earlier this year that it would bring back long sleep mode college football series, there were many questions – the most notable was “how?” The series went inactive in 2013 as a result of the original 2009 lawsuit filed over NCAA athletes’ ability to capitalize on their likeness. While the developers originally planned to use custom characters instead of real players, that plan could change following Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling that the NCAA cannot prohibit players from taking advantage of their likenesses.

EA Sports has a statement to Axios on Thursday to indicate that they may change their plans as a result of the NCAA finally allow players to accept notes and take advantage of their name, image and likeness. “We are closely monitoring recent developments regarding student-athlete name, image and likeness,” a company representative told Axios. “It’s very early at this point and we intend to explore the possibility of including players in ‘EA Sports College Football’.”

When the game was announced in February, the company said that while it had obtained licenses to use more than 100 schools in the Football Bowl division, it would use randomly generated players and numbers to fill out the teams. The game also includes a toolkit that allows users to create their own players, giving you more or less an unofficial way to record your favorite college football athletes.

I can’t imagine they are still going down that road now that they can just use the players. EA Sports has previously said the game won’t be out until the summer of 2022 and given how long college football fans have been waiting for this game, they certainly won’t mind waiting a little longer if that means they can actually ball out with some of their favorite athletes.

Now let’s hope this game gets better than what has become of the madden series lately.

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