College Football Athletes Looking For Video Game Compensation


According to a survey found in the Aug. 19 edition of ESPN The Magazine, about 65% of college football players feel like they should be compensated for having their likeness used in video games.

The survey questioned 92 athletes and kept their names off the record in return for answers to very compromising questions.

Though EA Sports does not have permission to use the image and likeness of NCAA athletes like it does with the NFL, every year’s instalment of NCAA Football includes realistic rosters for every college team. It doesn’t take much for college football fans to realize that the blazing quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines is Denard Robinson, even though the game never outright states it.

Often, fans of the game would have to download edited rosters by other gamers to include the names of their favourite players.

The NCAA announced back in July that it would no longer allow EA to use its logo and marks in future games, ending a partnership that began in 1998.

However, according to Andrew Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports, the company plans to continue making college football games:

"‘Our relationship with the Collegiate Licensing Co. is strong and we are already working on a new game for next generation consoles which will launch next year and feature the college teams, conferences and all the innovation fans expect from EA Sports."

NCAA Football 14 is currently available where games are sold.