EA Sports would love to have one of its most popular games back at some point. And one executive thinks it can happen.
‘NCAA Football’ was discontinued after the 2014 edition because of a lawsuit over the game’s use of player likenesses with compensation. Peter Moore, EA’s Chief Competition Officer, said in an interview with IGN that he thinks the game will be back sooner or later.
“One day, I know we’ll be back,” Moore said.
EA reached a settlement to pay each athlete who had been featured in the games $1,000, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
“What happened is ‘NCAA Football’ became the lightning rod for bigger issues regarding college athletes getting paid for their performances,” Moore said, “not only in football, but all college sports.”
While the issue of compensation for previous versions of the game was settled, there was no agreement on what could be paid to athletes to use their likenesses in the future. Rovell reported Aug. 30 that there was “no traction” to make a new game because college athletic departments are worried about being sued again for allowing player likenesses to be used in future games.
If Moore and EA want to make a game, it isn’t impossible. His comments prove there is a desire on the company’s part to make it happen. The legal matters related to the game remain the greatest obstacle to clear.