EA plans to bring back college football to video games

First college football game for EA since 2013

Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson catches a touchdown pass in front of Alabama defensive back Brian Branch during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson catches a touchdown pass in front of Alabama defensive back Brian Branch during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – EA Sports is bringing college football back to home video game consoles.

The company posted the announcement on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Electronic Arts also rolled out a new social media handle to go along with the game’s announcement: @EASPORTScollege

In a news release on the company’s website, EA announced it is working with College Licensing Company to “be the exclusive developer of simulation college football video game experiences.”

The two companies plan to work together to include the logos, stadiums, uniforms and gameday traditions of more than 100 schools in the game, according to the news release.

Currently, the game will not include any student-athlete names, images or likenesses, according to EA. The NCAA does not allow athletes to sell their “NIL” rights.

In general, to maintain NCAA eligibility, Division I student-athletes may not promote or endorse a commercial product or service, even if they are not paid to participate in the activity.

Athletes may use their image to continue participating in nonathletically related promotional activities if they were initiated before college enrollment.

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