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EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. Formerly a gimmick inside Electronic Arts sports games, that tried to mimic real-life sports networks, calling themselves "EA Sports Network" (EASN) with pictures or endorsements of real comentators such as Ron Barr and John Madden, soon grew up to become a sub-label on its own, releasing games such as FIFA, NHL, Madden NFL, and NCAA Football. EA Sports' early motto, If it's in the game, it's in the game reflects the aim of the early games to portrait reality as best as the technology would allow. Unlike other companies, EA Sports have no special ties to a single platform, all games are released for the best-selling active platforms, sometimes long after most other companies abandon them (FIFA 98 and NHL 98 were released for the Mega Drive and the Sega Genesis, respectively; and FIFA 2005 still had a PlayStation release). EA Sports logo, vectorized from a PC box by wS vectorized (Corel Draw 12) version available by request This work is copyrighted. ... Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) is a leading video game developer and publisher. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) is a leading video game developer and publisher. ... John Madden (football) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Artists Rendition of Madden Next Gen Screenshot of Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64) Screenshot of John Madden Football 93 (Sega Genesis) Madden NFL is an American football video game developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA) for EA Sports. ... A motto is a phrase or collection of words intended to describe the motivation or intention of a sociological grouping or organization. ... Sega MegaDrive 2 European version with joypad, game cart + box Sega Mega Drive (Japanese: メガドライブ Mega Doraibu) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega. ... The Sega Genesis is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in North America in 1989. ... The PlayStation (Japanese: プレイステーション) is a video game console of the 32-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the 1990s. ...

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16 bit era

Top: the original EASN logo; Bottom, the first EA Sports logo as a sub-label
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Top: the original EASN logo; Bottom, the first EA Sports logo as a sub-label

After establishing with some highly regarded titles in the first years of the decade, most notably John Madden Football in 1990 and NHL Hockey in 1991, in 1992 the decision to advance to a sports-only label was made and EASN was born. ESPN took note of the similarities, and forced EA to come up with a new label to put their sports label under for the 1994 season. The first run of the 1994 season still donned the EASN brand, with a 'first run' logo on the lower right hand corner of the box (this was also done in 1993), while the rest of the production run was under the name EA Sports. With a new logo (whose design later would be also adopted by EA) and a uniform box design, all white with a live-action photo ( example), the exception being the Madden games, which featured Madden himself. All boxes would remain this way until 1997, when individual players starred alone, and although the 99 titles featured one unusual dark blue case, the all-white boxes returned next year. EA Sports old logos, vectorized from NHLPA93 (MD) and from FIFA 2000 (PC) by wS vectorized version (Corel Draw 12) available by request This work is copyrighted. ... EA Sports old logos, vectorized from NHLPA93 (MD) and from FIFA 2000 (PC) by wS vectorized version (Corel Draw 12) available by request This work is copyrighted. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NHL 95 Mega Drive cover, scanned by wS for wikipedia This work is copyrighted. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The first titles were released for both Sega's 16-bit console, the Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, and Nintendo's SNES (among other platforms, but only regularly for these two). In fact, some attribute the success of Sega's console partly on the strength of the sports catalog provided by EA Sports. On the other hand, the lack of them on the next Sega console, the Saturn is believed to be one of the reasons it failed on the American market. This article is about the video game company. ... Original Sega Mega Drive (PAL version) Sega Mega Drive (Japanese: メガドライブ Mega Doraibu) is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in 1988. ... The Sega Genesis is a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in North America in 1989. ... Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; TSE: NTDOY) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... The North American Super Nintendo Entertainment System The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as the Super NES or SNES for short, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, and Australia. ... The Sega Saturn (Japanese: セガサターン, Sega Saturn), a video game console of the 32-bit era, was released on November 22, 1994, in Japan and May 1995 in the United States; 170,000 machines were sold the first day of the Japanese launch. ...


32 bit era to present

As the 16-bit era came to a close, and powerful 3D-capable consoles appeared, EA had to reinvent their franchises, and some of the earliest titles failed to live up to their 2D predecessors' reputation. However, in 1998 two games received very positive feedback - FIFA 98: Road to World Cup and NHL 98. Later that year, World Cup 98 broke the bad reputation of "official videogames" by receiving high marks almost unanimously. As fluidity in gameplay caught up with graphics, EA soon had to face another problem: the lack of improvement over previous titles, or as fans dubbed it, "sequelitis". The first years of the 21st Century were problematic, with many fans left wondering about why they should bother with the next release, when few new features are added, gameplay was not improved (it was more action-oriented than some of their newer competitors) and their long-asked requests were not answered. 1998 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


A new sublabel also appeared, dubbed EA Sports BIG, which specialized on extreme sports or unconventional takes on sports, such as Def Jam Vendetta, NFL Street, NBA Street, SSX, FIFA Street and Freekstyle. Extreme sports (now also known as action sports) is a general, somewhat hazily-defined term for a collection of newer sports involving adrenaline-inducing action. ... Def Jam Vendetta is a video game for the PlayStation 2. ... NFL Street is a sports video game developed by Tiburon and published by Electronic Arts. ... NBA Street is a successful video game created by the EA Sports BIG arm of EA Sports in 2001, and released on the PlayStation 2 that same year. ... SSX is a series of snowboarding video games published by EA Sports. ... FIFA Street is a sports video game developed by Electronic Arts Canada and published by Electronic Arts (EA), released in early 2005 on GameCube, PS2 and Xbox FIFA Street is a spin-off of EAs two other Street series games NFL Street and NBA Street, using the same concept...


Series and games

Most EA Sports games are distinguished by year, as most games are released on a yearly basis. However, as EA Sports is the leading purchaser of official licenses, it's not uncommon that that in a short span several games of the same sport but with different licenses are released: FIFA 98 was shortly followed by World Cup 98 (as EA has the license for the FIFA World Cup and the European Football Championship, it happens regularly in two-year intervals) and college football or basketball games based on both NBA Live and Madden NFL. The earlier titles released until 1996 are referred by fans as the classic series. The Football World Cup (official name: FIFA World Cup) is the most important competition in international football (soccer). ... The UEFA European Championship is the main national football competition of the UEFA nations. ...

preceded by The NBA Playoffs (1989-1993), and NBA Showdown (1993).
EA Sports also released several other games, most notably the games with World Cup and European Championship licenses.
Three Elitserien titles were also released in Sweden
Three SM-liiga titles were released in Finland
  • PGA Tour series, 1990, renamed to Tiger Woods PGA Tour in 1999
  • NASCAR Thunder series (later renamed to NASCAR: Chase for the Cup, however, beginning with the 2006 version, the game will be titled NASCAR: Total Team Control)
  • NCAA March Madness series
  • Knockout Kings series, which was composed of five titles (between 1998 and 2002) and then discontinued when Fight Night 2004 was released. In the past, Toughman Contest was also released.
  • Total Club Manager
Preceded by FIFA Soccer Manager (1996) and the Premier League Manager series.
  • Rugby series
Although Rugby World Cup 95 and Australian Rugby League were released still during the 16-bit era, the series would only turn regular in 2003. The official game of the 1999 Rugby Union World Cup was delayed, and was only released many months after as Rugby 2001.
First version due out in February 2006

There are other series, including F1 Championship (discontinued after Sony acquired the exclusive license for the Formula 1 championship), Superbike and others with a limited distribution such as Cricket and AFL. Screenshot Madden NFL 2001 (Nintendo 64) Madden NFL is an American football video game developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon (EA) for EA Sports. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... NBA Live 2000 is regarded as one of the best in the series The NBA Live series of basketball games, published by EA Sports, is one of the leading National Basketball Association simulations on the market currently. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Triple Play series was EA Sports main baseball (MLB, specifically) simulation until the early 2000s, when it was replaced by the MVP Baseball series (whose first game was released for the 2003 season). ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MVP Baseball is a series of realistic Major League Baseball video games. ... Mega Drive FIFA International Soccer cover The FIFA Series is a popular series of football (soccer) video games, released yearly by EA under the EA Sports label since late 1993. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Football World Cup (official name: FIFA World Cup) is the most important competition in international football (soccer). ... The UEFA European Championship is the main national football competition of the UEFA nations. ... NHL 95 cover for the Mega Drive. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In Sweden, Elitserien is the name of the highest-level league in various sports. ... logo of SM-liiga SM-liiga is the top professional ice hockey league in Finland. ... 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tiger Woods PGA Tour is a series of video games developed and published by Electronic Arts featuring professional golfer Tiger Woods. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The NCAA March Madness series is the main NCAA basketball series published by EA Sports, only on the three next-gen consoles (PS2, GameCube, and Xbox) as of 2004. ... TCM 2003 cover Total Club Manager (short: TCM) is the name of EA Sports football management series, except in Germany where it is known as Fussball Manager. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Results of the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final Saturday, November 6, 1999 Cardiff, Wales: Australia 35 - France 12 Third Place Thursday, November 4, 1999 Cardiff, Wales: South Africa 22 - New Zealand 18 Semifinals Saturday, October 30, 1999 Twickenham, England: South Africa 21 - Australia 27 Sunday, October 31, 1999 Twickenham, England... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758), (NYSE: SNE) is a global consumer electronics corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ... Formula One, abbreviated to F1 and also known as Grand Prix racing, is the highest class of single-seat open-wheel auto racing. ... Cricket is a team sport played between two groups of eleven players each. ... This is a page about the national league in Australian Rules Football. ...


Exclusivity deals

In 2003 EA purchased the license to NASCAR, ending competition from Papyrus and Infogrames. Many loyal fans of the NASCAR Racing Series games by Papyrus resent EA for that and currently boycott all EA games. More recently, after purchasing the license of the UEFA Champions League (previously owned by Eidos) in November 2004, a month later EA announced an exclusive deal (rumoured to be worth around US $1B) with the NFL and the NFL Players Association (Players Inc.) making them the sole provider of licensed NFL video games until 2010, which effectively removes the competition from the market, who will not be allowed to feature real NFL players or teams in their games. It is considered that one of the main reasons behind the deal is related with Take Two's aggressive pricing with their ESPN-licensed series, which were retailed at budget price, about half the price of a regular EA Sports game. It is believed that the same move was attempted in late 2004 on the NBA, but it was refused and afterwards EA executives denied making any offer to the basketball association. However, their "exclusive spree" continued on January 2005 when a deal with the Arena Football League (AFL) was announced, but with less impact on the market, as the license was previously vacant. A new deal was done just days after the AFL deal, when former SEGA/Take Two partners ESPN signed a 15-year deal with EA Sports. In 2005, EA also completed an exclusivity deal with the NCAA, allowing EA to produce the only officially licensed college football game. The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... Blank papyrus. ... Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) is an international holding company headquartered in Lyon, France. ... The New Champions League Logo used from the start of the 2002/03 Season European Champion Clubs Cup The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition for Europes most successful clubs. ... Eidos Interactive is a publisher of video and computer games based in Britain. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December See also: November 2004 in sports November 2004 in science Deaths in November • 30 Pierre Berton • 29 John Drew Barrymore • 26 Bill Alley • 24 Arthur Hailey • 23 Rafael Eitan • 18 Bobby Frank Cherry • 16 John Morgan • 13... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The word billion, and its equivalents in other languages, refer to one of two different numbers. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... 2010 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. ... ESPN, formerly an abbreviation of Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Adidas Power Soccer was re-released on the Platinum Range, since it was one of the early hits of Playstation. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... Basketball Basketball is a ball sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in January • 29 Ephraim Kishon • 25 Philip Johnson • 23 Johnny Carson • 22 Parveen Babi • 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański • 17 Virginia Mayo • 17 Zhao Ziyang • 15 Ruth Warrick • 14 Rudolph Moshammer Recent deaths Ongoing events • Tsunami relief... Arena Football League logo The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ...


External link

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  • MobyGames EA Sports games' group
  • news on the NFL exclusive
  • news on the NBA rejection of the exclusivity proposal
  • news on the AFL exclusive
  • news on the ESPN deal

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This title is slated for release under the EA SPORTS BIG brand on the PlayStation 2 console and Nintendo GameCube in winter of 2001 and Xbox in winter 2002.
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