If there’s anything that’s more popular than the NFL… it’s the NFL video games.
And now, the amazing news has just dropped that 2K is partnering with the NFL to produce multiple future video games.
Keep scrolling to find out more…
And it has come an incredibly long way since it was founded in 1920.
The first-ever Super Bowl game kicked off in ’67, though it was originally called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” which isn’t quite as catchy, is it?
Complete with celebrity-studded halftime shows, eye-wateringly expensive ad slots, and of course, some great football to go along with it – there’s no doubt the Superbowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
Originally, the game took place in early to mid-January, but now it takes place on the first Sunday in February due to the current NFL schedule.
They hold a whopping 6 each.
The Super Bowl frequently tops the ranks as the most-watched broadcast in the US – firmly cementing itself as America’s most-watched game and most definitely earning a grand name for the NFL.
That the 2015 game still holds the title as the most-watched US telecast of all time, with a staggering viewership of 114.4 million, according to CNN.
The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world, coming in second to the UEFA Champions League final.
Now that is enough to make anyone want to be an NFL player…
And thanks to the wonderful thing that is technology, we can now live out our football fantasies.
But there are plenty of NFL video games out there that are a good enough simulation!
Avid sports fans will know all about EA’s offerings when it comes to Madden, NBA, and NHL, but those old enough to remember will wax lyrical about the times 2k released a string of NFL video games back in the early 2000s.
But its most recent news has certainly redeemed its reputation.
No specific titles were mentioned, and it’s not clear which 2K studio will be handling the franchise, but the publisher says that its first NFL game will be out in 2021.
But they have also been described as “non-simulation football game experiences” – which suggests arcade-style games which will complement EA’s current realistic setting of NFL games.
And it is currently a mystery as to what will happen to EA’s Madden series when these 2K productions are released.
“EA Sports is the exclusive publisher of NFL simulation games, and our partnership with the NFL and NFLPA remains unchanged. Our agreements have always allowed for non-exclusive development of non-simulation games on various platforms. Our commitment to NFL fans, which spans almost 30 years, has never been stronger, and we’re having our biggest year yet. Madden NFL 20 is the most successful game ever in the franchise, and new modes like superstar KO and our Madden NFL esports broadcasts are growing the fan base. We’ll be building on that momentum with more new and different experiences, on more platforms and with new ways to play, in the years to come.”
2K previously made the NFL 2K series, which started on the Dreamcast and culminated with NFL 2K5 in 2004.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.