New NCAA video game to feature Stanford

Feb. 13, 2024, 12:21 a.m.

When NCAA Football 14 was released in 2013, college sports fans did not foresee that they would be deprived of a new edition for over a decade. However, in 2022, fans heard that game developer Electronic Arts (EA) would revive the beloved video game franchise this summer. 

Stanford Athletics confirmed to The Daily that Stanford will be featured in the new game.

Athletics spokesperson Brian Risso wrote that “Stanford Athletics has worked with EA and its licensing partners to provide approved logos, imagery and gameday elements for inclusion.”

The release of EA’s 2024 NCAA video game comes one decade after former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against the NCAA, alleging unauthorized use of student-athletes’ likenesses for commercial purposes.

With the NCAA now allowing student-athletes to capitalize on their name, image and likeness, EA can compensate athletes to appear in the game. While a report last spring claimed that EA would offer athletes $500 to be in the game, this has not been confirmed by the company or any University.

Risso also did not specify the compensation student-athletes would receive when asked by The Daily. Neither did Risso confirm whether face scans of current players would be included in the game.

Each school will receive a certain amount of payout money that depends on the “tier” a team lands in. Tiers are based on the number of AP Top 25 finishes over the past decade, according to a 2021 memo obtained acquired by Matt Brown of “Extra Points” via the Freedom of Information Act.

Risso also did not specify which tier level Stanford will land in.

The Daily has reached out to EA to confirm Stanford’s representation in the game.

While an official release date has not been announced by EA, college football enthusiasts can look forward to the fan-favorite franchise returning to the market soon.

Kaushik Sampath is a desk editor for the sports section. He is a sophomore from Fayetteville, Arkansas, who's undecided on his major. You can catch him watching and ranting about his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks or hanging out with friends on campus. Contact him at sports 'at' stanforddaily.com.

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