The NFL and 2k have reached a multiyear agreement for video game development.
Studio 2k released games in the NFL 2k series that ran from 1999 to 2004. In 2004, EA gained the exclusive video game rights from the NFL. Studio 2k is set to work on projects that could release in the spring of 2021.
But don’t expect direct competition for Madden. EA SPORTS said in a statement, “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 the 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.”
This means that any games released by 2k cannot be a simulation game like Madden. Any games released by 2k could be similar to NBA 2k Playgrounds, an arcade version of NBA 2k.
As a long time Madden player, I’m excited about the idea of Madden getting some competition. Maybe EA will put some more effort into franchise mode now.