Which Companies Make Football Video Games?


Quick Answer

Due to licensing agreements with the NFL, football video games are predominantly released by Electronic Arts as of 2015. EA's EA Sports division releases NFL games under the "Madden" brand name on an annual basis, in addition to having a continually updated mobile version titled "Madden Mobile."

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In the past, other companies were responsible for a wider variety of football games. Tecmo produced a well-known series that started with "Tecmo Superbowl," released in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, but the last game in the series was published in 2008. Gameloft formerly published the "NFL 2000" series on mobile devices, but stopped after 2011. Games officially focusing on college football are no longer published due to conflicts between the NCAA and student athletes. EA Sports' final NCAA game was NCAA 2014, which was released on July 9, 2013.

However, a new football game is under development by retired football star Joe Montana and developer Superstar games. Montana has announced that he intends to revive the "Joe Montana Football" series, which received its last iteration in 1990 for the Sega Master System. Montana has indicated that he wants to release his game by the end of 2016, but the game is still pending approval from the NFL. Without this approval, it cannot include real NFL teams and players.

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