NCAA college football video game - A lot has changed since then. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA, which gives student athletes scholarships, can’t limit their pay, opening the door to compensation for use of their personas in video games. But EA likely needs to score a group licensing deal for all college teams before it can start making payments to players.
“We believe that we can build an extraordinary college football game in the absence of name, image and likeness in partnership with the schools,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in a call with investors in August. “We’re looking to do that.” But Wilson also said that it is “very possible” that the company could find a way to incorporate names as the rules evolve. The company is building the game so that if it’s permitted to include player personas, they can be added back “very seamlessly.”
At this point, EA appears to be moving ahead without actual player characters, though a different outcome is still possible. The company said that right now, it’s working closely with its exclusive licensing partners at CLC, the collegiate trademark licensing company, to only include logos, venues, uniforms and gameday traditions from more than 100 schools.
NCAA college football video game 2021
2020 – Alabama
While not quite the same level of dominance as 2019 LSU, this Alabama team was just as stacked. Devonta Smith, the eventual winner of the Heisman, was arguably the second best receiver on the team behind an injured Jaylen Waddle. Well in video games Waddle is going to be healthy and they’ll have Mac Jones throwing them the ball.
With Najee Harris in the backfield next to Jones this is a team that would have dominated virtual fields through a dynamic passing attack. Let’s pair up this group against 2019 LSU in a virtual showdown to see who comes out on top.
Honorable Mention: 2020 Ohio State – A virtual Justin Fields throwing to Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson would have just felt unfair.
2019 – LSU
Being arguably the greatest team in college football history makes this LSU team an auto-lock. Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ja’Marr Chase, and Justin Jefferson were an unstoppable group of athletes. Throw in K’Lavon Chaisson on the edge with Patrick Queen manning the linebackers and the defense would have made scoring impossible. This would have been auto-ban in any dorm room outside of Baton Rouge because they were that unfair.
Honorable Mention: 2019 Kentucky – This Kentucky team wasn’t very good, but their entire offense was telling Lynn Bowden to go be an athlete and that’s the kind of gimmick that will thrive in video games.