EA Sports Makes Mistake By Ending Relationship With Tiger Woods
If you’re a sports fan that also likes video games, odds are that you’ve played Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf at some point in the past 14 years. The popular video game appeals to those who aren’t even fans of hitting the links. Anyone can play and it makes for a great multi-player game if you have guests over. But sadly, it was announced earlier in the week that series has been discontinued.
EA Sports is still planning to release a golf game next year, but now it looks like Tiger won’t even appear as a character. So no more Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf and no more T-Dub in EA Sports games, period.
Tiger’s agent Mark Steinberg recently commented on the situation:
“We had an incredible run. Outside of Madden, you would be hard pressed to find a sports figure that meant as much to a video game company as Tiger meant to EA. But times are changing and EA had to re-evaluate the partnership, and frankly so did we.”
So as of now, Woods is a free agent in the gaming world. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up starting a new series with 2K Sports. But no matter where he signs, he’s going to bring the company a lot of money. His games brought in a reported $771 million during his time with EA.
I can understand Woods’ camp wanting to move on, but I don’t understand it from EA’s point of view. They raked in money for years with the popular golf game and they clearly won’t make as much without him on the cover, or without him in the game at all. Maybe he was asking for too much money, who knows? But I think EA should have done anything in its power to keep TWPTG going.
We’ll have to wait and see how all this shakes out, but you can rest assured that you haven’t played your last video game as Tiger Woods.