The National Basketball Association announced today that they will be entering non-exclusive licensing agreements with Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive Software, Sony Computer entertainment America, Midway Games and Atari to continue to develop, publish and distribute NBA video games.
What this means for the gamer is that you will have a very diverse range of NBA games coming out when the contract begins in October of this year ,will be available to over 100 countries, and released on multiple consoles.
The NBA does plan to work closely with each of the developers to help with marketing and have announced that EA, Take-Two, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Midway will each have the rights to use NBA teams and current and retired NBA players in their NBA video game titles.
EA plans to continue to publish NBA Street and NBA Live. Take-Two will publish NBA 2K. Sony will publish NBA 2006 for its Playstation console as well as its new handheld the PSP. Midway will continue to publish NBA Ballers and Atari will still publish Backyard Basketball.