Tiger Woods Won’t Be In Next EA Golf Game

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Posted October 29th, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Yesterday EA Sports announced the parting of ways with Tiger Woods that will leave its golf franchise without his presence in the name, on the cover, and in marketing campaigns. That move being made had been anticipated in some capacity to happen sooner rather than later and if anything he stayed on far longer than many would have predicted given the circumstances faced over the years in his personal and professional life.

In what comes as more surprising news Tiger Woods won’t appear in the next game in any capacity. That potentially has far more impact on consumer purchase decisions. 

While Woods has somewhat been minimized as the front man of the series the past several years, with more focus being on Augusta National and created golfers, he was still a big reason why people would pick up the game in order to play as him. The justification for the move will be saving the over $15 million a year the company was paying Woods.

Don’t expect a fake golfer with Tiger-like attributes or a golfer “share” feature to fill the hole either. Having just settled the lawsuit over college football players EA won’t the risk litigation they would be exposing themselves to by doing anything remotely like that for such a high profile individual who they had a long running relationship with. Remember just this year EA stated they couldn’t even have the shot arcs of players not licensed for the game included because that would be considered as part of their individual likeness.

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  • Keith.

    Sounds like there may be some competition coming, which can only be a good thing for videogame golf fans:

    “[Tiger’s agent Mark] Steinberg said he’s in negotiations with another company regarding Woods’ video game rights.”

    http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/9895265/tiger-woods-electronic-arts-end-15-year-relationship

    • Keith.

      If I had to guess, 2K is going to be introducing a golf game. First, they registered the website http://www.2kgolflinks.com earlier this summer. Second, during today’s investor call, they said they’ve got “multiple unannounced titles” set for release next year.

      Should be interesting to see what happens.

      • Weekend Roady

        That would certainly be interesting. 2K certainly does need to expand it’s sports portfolio again and the only way they can probably feasibly do it is by moving in on stuff EA leaves behind. If we’re ever going to see a 2K football game again, it likely starts with 2K gaining a larger foothold in the marketplace.

        Outside of that, does anyone else remember the old Microsoft Links series? I loved that game on my old PC but never tried the ill fated Xbox version. Can’t rule out Microsoft trying to get into the golf market again as much as they like to push Kinect down our throats.

  • pacoheadley

    Just a terrible move. I guess this means no awesome career mode with all the (well, tons of) real golfers to compete with either.

  • Juukbox

    Without Tiger, there isn’t much of a reason to get the game now.

  • Dre

    That seems like it could be a huge deal breaker for casual fans like myself….. im not a big golf fan and for a while tiger woods was the only golfer i knew of…
    I dont think this series will last much longer to be honest.

  • MoneyMayweather

    EA is fucked next gen.

    • Keith.

      They’re sure not getting off on the right foot, having cancelled Tiger and NCAA and announcing a nice fat $273 million loss for the quarter today.

      • nov

        Yeah they are doing so horribly that their stock is up 8% today.

        • Keith.

          It’s called market manipulation, my friend. See me in a couple of weeks, when the suckers who bought on yesterday’s operating expense cut news realize this company has no hits apart from FIFA and BF4 (and even those are down).

        • Keith.

          Like I was saying:

          “Frank D Gibeau, Electronic Arts Inc.’s President of EA Labels, recently sold 219,874 shares of the company. The sales took place at $25.90 per share, on October 31, 2013. Gibeau now owns just 46,281 shares of the company. Gibeau operates out of Redwood City, CA.”

          http://www.conferencecalltranscripts.org/summary/?id=735568

          On that news, EA’s stock is down $1.08 so far today.

    • Mark Britten

      Pretty much.

  • Wishfull one

    Please, Madden next-

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