2K's upcoming National Football League games will feature real pro players

Ruben Hill
July 31, 2020

Today 2K announced that it has formed a partnership with OneTeam Partners and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) that will allow NFL players to appear in multiple football games that are now in development to release starting in the calendar year 2021. Under the agreement, 2K will be able to put the numbers, names, images and likenesses of over 2,000 National Football League players in their respective team jerseys on the pixelated field.

2K described its upcoming NFL games as "non-simulation football game experiences" that "are now in early stages of development".

"We're thrilled to be working with the NFLPA and OneTeam to bring the biggest and best stars in football to the games we're working on", said 2K president David Ismailer.

That doesn't sound like like a full-fledged Madden competitor, even after an announcement from 2K in March that they had also reached a licensing agreement with the NFL. The first titles are expected to be released early next year.

The deal 2K signed with the NFL was for non-simulation football experiences; this would include mobile games, arcade-style non-realistic games, and more generally, any video game that does not feel like and function like an authentic NFL football game experience. The contract covers NFL-themed and non-simulation video games.

Exclusive rights to NFL simulation video games belong to EA Sports through at least 2025 thanks to a vote from league owners this offseason, however, that doesn't mean current NFL players won't be featured in other games in the near future.

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