2K has announced a partnership with OneTeam Partners and the National Football League Players Association to include “football’s most prominent star players” in future NFL 2K games.
2K currently has “multiple football games in development” which will start launching in 2021, and this partnership will allow them to feature “the names, numbers, images and likenesses for over 2,000 current NFL players.”
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 2K President David Ismailer noted that the partnership will bring “the biggest and best stars in football” to 2K’s upcoming NFL titles. “We want to give fans experiences that are authentic, memorable and fun, and having a roster of real-life sports heroes through The Players Association and OneTeam is a huge part of delivering on that promise.”
EA penned a deal with the NFL in December 2004 to make Madden the only series able to use NFL teams and player names, but this partnership suggests that officially licensed players will also feature in NFL 2K games going forward.
2K stated in March of this year that its NFL games will be “non-simulation football game experiences,” with titles, developers and release dates to be announced at a later date.