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    by Published on 07-15-2017 03:00 PM
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    Four years after reporting exiting the EA SPORTS College Football franchise following the aftermath of the player likeness lawsuit settlement, the Ohio State University has been sued by former Buckeye two-time All-American Chris Spielman and other former players over the use of their player likenesses.

    Courtesy The Columbus Dispatch: Spielman also said attaching his name to Honda puts him in a difficult situation given a separate sponsorship deal he has with a local Mazda dealership. Spielman said he is fine with Ohio State using his name and likeness for non-commercial purposes. “You can slap your name and logo on banners all you want,” he said. “But as soon as you slap a corporate logo on there, I have rights, in my opinion, to say yes or no, or to negotiate that.”

    In 2013, Ohio State reportedly followed the lead of conferences such as the SEC, Pac-12, and Big Ten by withdrawing usage of their trademarks for what may have been known as EA SPORTS College Football 15 as they sought to minimize risks in potential future lawsuits over player likenesses. However, at least in the case of Ohio State, it appears they only made the move to save face at the time and did not have the interests of student-athletes at heart as they would engage in their own form of alleged player likeness infringement and face a lawsuit.

    Continue on to read more on Spielman's class-action suit versus Ohio State. ...
    by Published on 07-12-2017 08:57 PM
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    On the July 12, 2017 edition of The Bottom Line with Mike'l Severe, former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller was asked about his lawsuit versus EA SPORTS and the NCAA which proved to the death knell - along with the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit - for the NCAA Football franchise in fall 2013.

    When asked by Severe if he accomplished what he hoped to as part of the lawsuit, Keller responded "...I think we did. I enjoyed it and really got behind the principle of why." He went on to add that "My small part of it kind of brought some things to light and kicked things in motion, but it was a small part of a bigger, bigger battle. I think we shed some light on some things and definitely accomplished what we set out to do, but again it wasn't to be a world-changing thing."

    The questions regarding the lawsuit were very topical given they came during the same week NCAA Football would have typically been released. However, one has to wonder what was truly accomplished given the debate over 'should players be paid; is a free education enough' (as Keller asks in the interview) have not been seriously answered or addressed by the NCAA, conferences, or member institutions. ...
    by Published on 07-08-2017 07:00 PM
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    704Games has announced that NASCAR Heat 2 will retail for $49.99 ($10 less than standard retail titles) and pre-orders will begin on Monday, July 10. NASCAR Heat 2 will be released on September 12, 2017.

    In addition, NASCAR Heat 2 will come with a coupon for $50 off the ticket price at any Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway or Texas Motor Speedway.

    These two moves may be 704Games' attempt to help the title stand out and succeed in a crowded fall sports line-up consisting of Madden NFL 18 (8/22), Everybody's Golf (8/29), NBA 2K18 (9/15), FIFA 18 (9/29), Forza 7 (9/29), WWE 2K18 (10/17), and NBA LIVE 18 (TBA).

    Will the lower price point and event voucher entice you to pick up NASCAR Heat 2? ...
    by Published on 07-06-2017 08:00 AM
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    2K has announced that Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan will grace the first-ever Canadian cover of the game for NBA 2K18.

    Worth noting is that the image used of DeRozan for the cover is from a December 2015 game versus the Chicago Bulls, but includes a Nike Swoosh logo. Nike takes over from Adidas as the apparel manufacturer for the NBA this upcoming 2017-18 season, however uniforms will not be unveiled for at least a few weeks. Unless Nike keeps a similar template for the Raptors, it appears 2K has photoshopped the logo onto the jersey, modified the side design, and changed the color of his leggings from black to white. Was this done to aid in the aesthetics of the cover, to provide a design different than Adidas' prior to the Nike reveal, or is it perhaps providing the first possible look into the upcoming design for Toronto?

    Continue on to read the full press release from 2K Sports. ...
    by Published on 07-05-2017 10:00 AM
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    2K Sports has released the first information on the feature set for WWE 2K18.

    Some of the first feature set info includes an enhanced Creation Suite, new experiences for MyPLAYER and MyCAREER, a new mode entitled Road to Glory, a new graphics engine, a new commentary team, and the standard/expected gameplay additions and improvements.

    If the name of the new feature Road to Glory sounds familiar, it should. It was the name of the single player mode found in NCAA Football that saw users locked onto one player as they attempted to set statistical records and win championships.

    More information will be coming each Thursday with the 2KDev Spotlight ...
    by Published on 06-29-2017 05:30 PM
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    Announced via his Twitter account, Kurt Angle will be the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K18. Included will be two playable versions of Angle: the WWE "American Hero" version and the ECW "Wrestling Machine" persona.

    The Angle pre-order trailer will debut July 10 on Monday Night RAW. Additional details for the Deluxe & Collector's Editions are expected later this summer.

    Past pre-order bonus wrestlers for the WWE 2K franchise include Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger/Terminator, Sting, and the Ultimate Warrior.

    Continue on to see Angle's tweets and an article from WWE.com on the WWE 2K18 pre-order bonus reveal. ...
    by Published on 06-21-2017 08:00 PM
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    At tonight's NHL Awards, EA SPORTS announced that the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid will be the cover athlete for NHL 18. Along with this announcement, EA SPORTS released the official gameplay trailer and the feature set for the title.

    Some of the features include: new Creative Attack skill moves, new Defensive Skill Stick, new Creative A.I. system, NHL THREES arcade 3-on-3 hockey, EASHL 3-on-3, Expansion Draft within Franchise Mode, HUT Solo Challenges, Hockey Training Camp, and more. Users can sign up for the NHL 18 beta at this link.

    The game will be available September 15 with those who pre-order the Young Stars Edition getting the game on September 12. The Young Stars Edition will include a Connor McDavid Rookie HUT Player item, adidas Custom HUT Jersey, and EASHL celebration, along with one Rookie HUT Player item from the user's favorite NHL team.

    Continue on to see the official gameplay trailer and the press release straight from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 06-19-2017 12:00 PM
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    2K Sports has announced that Seth Rollins will be the WWE 2K18 cover star. The game will release on October 17, 2017 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with no last-gen version of the game being made this year. Those who pre-order the Deluxe or Collector's Editions of the game will be able to play the title four days early on October 13.

    Just like sister franchise NBA 2K18, WWE 2K18 will feature three different versions for consumers to choose from: Standard Edition ($59.99), Deluxe Edition ($89.99), and Collector's Edition (TBA). The pre-order and each specific edition perks will be 'detailed this summer.'

    Continue on to see the cover reveal trailer and what each version of the game will contain. ...
    by Published on 06-17-2017 06:00 PM
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    Another week of EA Play and E3 is in the books. Throughout the event, new games, DLC, trailers, and more were unveiled.

    Between press conferences for developers such as Bethesda and Ubisoft, and those for Microsoft and Sony, it can be very difficult to keep up with all of the latest news and information.

    Here at TGT, we have put together an archive of the major press conferences along with recaps, media coverage, and clips for sports game media and announcements.

    Continue on to see our EA Play & E3 2017 recap. ...
    by Published on 06-15-2017 07:00 AM
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    NBA Playgrounds continues to increase the roster and game content with yet another update.

    The latest game update adds 35 NBA Players, including a mixture of current and former players. Some of the new players include Steve Nash, Bob Cousy, Isiah Thomas, Justise Winslow, Manute Bol, and Muggsy Bogues. In addition, some current in-game players will now be available on a second team, such as Kevin Durant & James Harden (OKC), Gary Payton & Shawn Kemp (SEA), and Derrick Rose (CHI). Five non-NBA players have been added in form of some popular YouTube personalities including two friends of TGT, QJB and iMAV3RIQ.

    Two new Playgrounds have been added, Chicago and Madrid. In terms of gameplay, new dunk, crossover, and finger roll animations have been added.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes, courtesy of NBA Playgrounds on Steam. ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 02:00 PM
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    During EA Play 2017, Madden NFL 18 revealed "Longshot", the first story mode to be a part of the Madden NFL franchise.

    Longshot is led by an impressive cast: J.R. Lemon (The Night Shift) as Devin Wade, Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, House of Cards, Moonlight) as his father Cutter Wade, Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) as his friend Colt Cruse, and Dan Marino (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) who will serve as Devin's mentor. It also includes Chad Ochocinco and NFL coaches & players.

    In development for the last four years, the mode will play out as an interactive movie with influence from the Telltale Games series. There is no hub or in-mode interface for users, but rather the player will go straight from cutscene(s) to gameplay. Users will play high school, college, combine, 7v7, et al. but will not play as Wade in an NFL game. Once the mode ends, users will receive rewards and content for use in Madden Ultimate Team.

    Worth noting in the trailer is the inclusion of college football teams, namely the Oregon Ducks and Texas Longhorns. As of this time, it is unknown if additional college teams will be the mode and if the user will be able to spend significant time playing as either.

    (Sidenote: How or why did EA pick these two schools? Neither the Longhorns or Ducks are represented by the Collegiate Licensing Company. Texas left the CLC in 2005 and signed a ten-year deal with 289c Apparel as their official master licensee for retail needs. Oregon signed a seven-year partnership with Fermata Partners to serve as the University’s first-ever trademark licensing agency in 2014. This leads to a series of questions of which we may never know the answer: Did part of the NCAA Football settlement restrict deals between EA & the CLC? Is it easier to reach a deal with schools not part of the CLC? Is there bad blood between EA and the CLC? Does this begin the road towards the return of NCAA Football and college gaming?)

    Continue on to see the Longshot trailer and cast descriptions. ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 01:30 PM
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    Today at EA Play, NBA LIVE 18 Executive Producer Sean O'Brien unveiled some of what the development team has been working on in the two-year hiatus since the release of NBA LIVE 16 - "The One," a single-player career mode where users can choose their own path between playing in The League or in The Streets as they work to establish their legacy.

    The One will also include Live Events, which appear similar to those found in Madden NFL Mobile and NBA LIVE Mobile. These will be uniquely crafted events that will unlock rewards for the user.

    No cover athlete, cover art, or release date have been announced of yet for NBA LIVE 18. A demo will be released in August.

    Continue on to see the release trailers for The One as well as the various player types and customization options. ...
    by Published on 06-09-2017 09:00 AM
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    Game update 1.08 is now available for MLB The Show 17.

    Small in size and content, this game update appears focused on addressing online issues.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes courtesy the PS4 console update history notes. ...
    by Published on 06-07-2017 04:00 PM
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    Ahead of EA PLAY - and presumably a forthcoming cover athlete announcement - additional screenshots, brief game clips, and an interview with Producer Mike Mahar have provided more information on NBA LIVE 18. Some of the most noteworthy items:

    - Like the previous YouTuber/influencer event in Los Angeles, attendees at the recent NYC soiree were able to share 'exclusive' screenshots and quickclips of the title. One such video from QJB showcases a shot and early celebration from Kevin Durant, dribble moves from Steph Curry, the Drew League venue, and images of shoes in the game, et al.

    - SLAM Online interviewed Producer Mike Mahar to discuss the game. According to Mahar, the two main areas of focus for NBA LIVE 18 were core gameplay and The One, a new feature coming to the title.

    - According to the NBA LIVE website, the game will only be available on PS4 & XB1. There was some speculation and rumors that the game would be available on PC. That appears to be false.

    Continue on to see QJB's video, an excerpt of the SLAM Online interview, game screenshots, and more. ...
    by Published on 06-07-2017 09:30 AM
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    EA SPORTS has provided the first look at NHL 18 with the release of the official teaser trailer.

    More game info will be coming on June 21 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, NV. There, EA SPORTS will reveal the NHL®18 cover athlete, first official gameplay trailer, features, release date and more.

    Continue on to see the teaser trailer. ...
    by Published on 06-05-2017 10:00 AM
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    EA SPORTS has announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the global cover athlete for EA SPORTS FIFA 18, available September 29.

    There will be three versions of the game: standard, Ronaldo, and ICON. Those who pre-order the special Ronaldo or ICON versions will be able to play the game three days early on September 26.

    Continue on to see the official press release from EA SPORTS as well as the FIFA 18 reveal trailer. ...
    by Published on 06-01-2017 10:00 AM
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    Just hours ahead of the start of the 2017 NBA Finals, 2K Sports has announced that defending world champion Cleveland Cavaliers' guard Kyrie Irving will be the cover athlete for the standard version (non-Legend Edition) of NBA 2K18.

    Irving was previously the cover athlete for NBA LIVE 14 (2013) before joining 2K's stable of athletes for use in promotion & marketing in 2015. In NBA 2K16, Kyrie & Nike unveiled a digital version of the Kyrie 2 in MyPARK mode.

    NBA 2K18 is currently available to pre-order on Amazon with discounts available for Prime Members. ...
    by Published on 05-24-2017 12:00 PM
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    On the heels of Saturday night's NBA LIVE 18 event in California, event attendees have had their embargo lifted and are now able to share screenshots, a mini-trailer of the game, and video blogs from the event.

    While footage and information is scarce in this initial release, some gameplay improvements did emerge such as a new skill-based counter move to help defenders stay with their man and an all-new Post System.

    Continue on to see the first screenshots of the game, the first gameplay feature listing, and videos from the attendees. ...
    by Published on 05-21-2017 03:00 PM
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    Last night in Los Angeles, EA SPORTS hosted a private event featuring NBA LIVE 18. Held at the Siren Soundstage Studio, the invite-only soiree appeared focused on media and YouTube content creators and included NBA LIVE 18 signage, a swag box featuring sneakers, a barbershop, a face-scanning rig, and a basketball hoop for attendees to practice their shot.

    The theme of the event centered around "The One," seemingly either the central marketing/promotional theme for the title and/or the name of a new game mode. Some signage at the event appeared to say 'One Career,' perhaps indicating it is the name of a new single-player or career mode.

    Other prominently displayed signage appeared to include images of Anthony Davis (potential cover athlete? Displaying improved facescan/graphics?), outdoor venues, and a logo for 'The League' (perhaps another new mode or an aspect within career mode?).

    An off-screen shot of the game shows LeBron James and the Celtics' Avery Bradley. The first official release of game information is expected, but not confirmed, to come anytime between now and June 10th's EA PLAY event in Los Angeles.

    Continue on to see images from the event shared on social media by event attendees. If you notice something we missed, please let us know in the comments below. ...
    by Published on 05-21-2017 01:00 PM
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    Full details for NBA Playgrounds game update 1.1.0 are now available.

    Among the significant upgrades in this patch are Challenge Mode, five new versions of Shaquille O'Neal, 15 new players, an on-screen shot meter, and a number of gameplay tuning/adjustments.

    On a related note, the development team at Saber Interactive & Mad Dog Games have been very involved in discussing the game, answering questions, and taking feedback on the official NBA Playgrounds Facebook Group page, which is open to the public.

    Continue on to see the full patch notes.


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