EA Sports Says College Football Is Making Progress, But Licensing Is Still An Issue

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EA has given an update on the state of its upcoming EA Sports College Football game, and the company says it’s making progress. However, licensing for the game remains an issue for the company.

During its Q1 2024 earnings call on Tuesday, EA CEO Andrew Wilson told investors that the game is making “incredible progress”.

“The team’s doing an incredible job building out what will be the future of College Football,” he said. “Gameplay is really coming together, and really capturing all the action of pageantry, and the difference in college football versus the NFL. I feel really confident in what the team’s doing.”

That said, he did talk about the elephant in the room with the game, and that’s licensing. Despite saying the company has “many, if not most, of the schools licensed”, there are still issues to take care of. Mainly locking down the holdout schools as well as finalizing player licensing.

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“We’ll continue to work with the various governing bodies of the sport in the country, and some key third-party partners we have, around how and when to include college athletes themselves into the game, and we’ll work very closely with them,” he said.

“But I’m confident that this will be an incredible re-emergence of that college football experience, that it will capture all the action and pageantry, driven by the schools and all that goes on with the schools in the context of this game. And I do believe that we’ll find a place where we can work in lockstep with the athletes for inclusion in the game as well.”

EA Sports College Football is expected to launch next year. It’ll be the first college football game released by the company since NCAA Football 14 back in 2013.

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