EA Sports UFC giving away Bruce Lee for free during holidays

December 24, 2014

It seems that EA Sports is channeling their inner Holiday spirit and has decided to give away arguably it’s most iconic character in the game, Bruce Lee, as a free download to game owners for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles.

 

Payout Perspective:

EA Sports UFC continues to do as best as it can to support it’s customer base after the rocky launch.  Since the launch, which caused many to stray away from the game, EA Sports UFC developers have continued to listen to community feedback and have continued improved the game.  This time around, Bruce Lee, who was initially a free character for those who pre-ordered the game, will be available as a free downloadable character during the following dates:

– Xbox Live: December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015

– Playstation Network – North America: December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015

– Playstation Network – All Other Territories: December 23, 2014 to January 5, 2015

During this time period, all variations of Bruce Lee/The Dragon will be available for download including:

Bruce Lee – Bantamweight Division
Bruce Lee – Featherweight Division
Bruce Lee – Lightweight Division
Bruce Lee – Welterweight Division
Bruce Lee – Weightclass Bundle (all four divisions)

It was also recently announced that EA Sports UFC will now be a free game for those that subscribe to EA’s Access paid subscription program, which is currently only available for Xbox One.  The price for EA Access is $5 a month, or $30 a year and also has other games such as Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14, and Need for Speed Rivals, and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Holiday Shopping Guide (2014)

November 28, 2014

In the spirit of the holidays, MMAPayout would like to share some great Black Friday and Holiday deals for our readers who have held off on their shopping to save a couple of bucks. Please feel free to share any other deals you find in the comments section. Enjoy!

EA Sports UFC:

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Sony PS Store – $13.99 (with PS+), $19.99 (without PS+) for PS4 – (Digital Copy)

Microsoft Store – $13.20 (with Xbox Live), $39.99 (without Xbox Live) for Xbox One – (Digital Copy)

Amazon – $29.99 for PS4, $33.56 for Xbox One – (Physical Copy)

What makes this a great deal is that EA has not stopped supporting the game since the initial launch back in June. With slow sales and the fact that most video game companies don’t typically continue to update their game after the first few months, it has been a welcomed surprise how much work EA has continued to put into the game.

Not only have they continued to release patch after patch to fix the initial broken game-play, which negatively impacted its critic scores, but they’ve also continued to add more UFC fighters and content.  With that said, EA just recently announced that they will be releasing UFC Legends DLC in December.

 

WWE 2K15:

Sony PS Store – $39.99 on PS3, $59.99 on PS4 – (Digital Copy)

Microsoft Store – $29.99 on Xbox 360, $59.99 on Xbox One – (Digital Copy)

Amazon – $47.42 for PS4, $59.96 for Xbox One – (Physical Copy)

 

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Condit tattoo missing from UFC video game

June 20, 2014

Earlier this week, EA Sports released the latest UFC video game which includes many of your favorite UFC fighters including Carlos Condit.  However, gamers may notice that Condit will not have the lion tattoo that is on the side of his body for legal reasons.

As  the Wall Street Journal reports, the tattoo was removed from the video game as a precaution from infringing on any copyright issue that Condit’s tattoo artist may have with its use.  Previously, Condit’s tattoo artist sued defunct video game maker THQ for the unauthorized use of the tattoo in UFC Undisputed.  Long story short, Escobedo asked for millions, the Bankruptcy Court quantified the use to the sum of $22,500 (the amount Condit was paid for the use of his likeness).

Condit tattoo

The move to digitally airbrush Condit of his tattoo underscores a big issue the National Football League Players’ Association (and likely other leagues) is facing when it comes to player tattoos and digital rights.  One of the ways to protect itself from lawsuits is to have players get their tattoo artists sign releases.

Payout Perspective:

Authenticity is something that sports video games have and the inclusion of fighters’ facial features, hair style, mannerisms and even their tattoos are important. College football games have come under fire for similar issues and we may see the elimination of any identifiable feature your favorite college player may have in a game.   But that issue is a little different from the one here.  However, it is clear that If you are Carlos Condit, you might be concerned with the fact that your likeness is not exact, which may impact your overall future brand. That argument is a little far-fetched but the issue of re-imaging personas due to concerns about being sued is a slippery slope we may see in future video games.

EA Sports UFC Video Game Features “The Ultimate Fighter” & Sponsors

May 11, 2014

With just about a month away from the official release date, EA Sports has finally released details for the career mode in the video game. The big news here is the addition of The Ultimate Fighter as a prerequisite for fighters to enter the UFC, which is something THQ never incorporated into their UFC video game in the past.

 

Payout Perspective:

Its actually surprising that the UFC has not previously incorporated TUF into any of their previous video games.  There are many naysayers when it comes to TUF, whether it’s the stale format, the lack of talent the show produces, or the declining ratings. The addition of TUF to the video game once again illustrates what type of value the show still has for the UFC in their eyes. Not only is TUF how the UFC has previously reached out to casuals and has converted many of them to PPV buyers, but its also their number one tool they will utilize towards breaking into new international territories.  This is the reason why I have repeatedly argued that TUF is more important than most fans realize. Not only did it save the company from going bankrupt when it was $40M in debt almost ten years ago, but it continues to be a key component in their business model.  Of course, no one can argue that the effectiveness of the show hasn’t considerably decreased since the explosion of free MMA programming all over network and cable television. Especially now that the UFC is on free network TV after their FOX TV deal.

Along with the TUF, career mode will also allow the fighters to sign deals with UFC approved sponsors.  The video features the following sponsors: EA Sports, Affliction, RVCA, Musclepharm, Bruce Lee Enterprises, Training Mask, Topps, Alienware, Bony Acai, and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery to name a few.  The number of sponsors for a fighter are directly correlated to their popularity and success during their career. Their unlocked sponsors allow fighters to fill up their sponsorship banner and use their gear in the game.

As for the fighters MMA skill set, they will build up experience points throughout their career which can then be used to evolve and level up a fighter. The more experience and evolution points, the more advance moves a fighter can unlock.  There are three ability categories for each fighter, which consist of Ground, Stand-up, and Physical. These abilities can then be applied to fighter game-plans which give a fighter performance boosts in those areas.  Career longevity will be calculated for a fighter depending on his/her fighting style. If you fight smart and don’t take too much damage, you will have a longer longevity as supposed to an exciting brawler who takes a lot of damage.

EA Sports unveils UFC release date, game cover, & details

April 15, 2014

Last year, EA Sports announced that Jon Jones would be on the cover of this year’s EA Sports UFC video game. Alexander Gustafsson also joined Jones after being voted in by the fans after defeating GSP in the finals. Below is the finished cover for the game.

EA_UFC_2014_Cover

Amazon.com currently lists the EA Sports UFC video game for the PS4 and Xbox One for $60 USD with a release date of June 17th. Here are the features for the game:

  • Real Damage: Every fighter knows that one good shot can ruin your day. EA SPORTS UFC introduces a non-linear damage system which can result in big damage coming from a single strike. The system produces a greater variety of cuts and contusions.
  • Dynamic Striking: A mixed martial artist uses the environment to his advantage and for the first time in a UFC game, you can too. A dynamic environment allows you to pull off jaw-dropping moves using the Octagon, including roundhouse kicks, superman punches and much more. Combine those abilities with the best striking technology in the industry and that one perfect strike could change the fight.
  • Real-Time Exertion: A UFC bout is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet requiring mixed martial artists to give it their all with every movement. Real-Time Exertion brings each moment of that action to life in your gameplay experience. Through real-time vein popping, skin discoloration, muscle flex, as well as signs of fatigue setting in through the course of each round, you will witness the effort it takes to be one of the best fighters in the world.
  • Strategic Submission Battles: To own the belt, you have to be dominant on your feet and on the mat. EA SPORTS UFC re-invents the ground game to create a battle for position and control that captures the strategy of a submission battle. Like the real sport, in EA SPORTS UFC fighters will work through multiple stages as they work to advance or escape from a fight-ending submission.
  • Fighter Likeness and Facial Animations: EA SPORTS UFC will set a new bar for character likeness and emotion in gaming. For the first time in an EA SPORTS game, every single licensed athlete in the game has been created from high resolution 3D head and body scans to deliver revolutionary character likeness and authenticity. Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE, new facial animation technology delivers more expression, emotion and will communicate greater sense of awareness and intelligence in the Octagon.

 

Payout Perspective:

The UFC’s debut from EA Sports is scheduled for June 17th, which is roughly about two months from press release.  Not much promotion has occurred for the game yet other than private demos and slow leaks of features and scans for the game.  That figures to change as we get closer to launch date.

E3 will take place on between June 10 and June 12, so just a week before the release.  Expect a big UFC presense during the event.  Also, it is expected that a EA UFC demo should be available before the release date, which would be available at E3 as well.  The UFC will also push the game’s release on the UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov PPV, though it’s a shame that event will likely receive little exposure.

A few weeks ago, MMAJunkie’s Mike Bohn did a developer Q&A with the EA UFC team, which is a very good read for those interested on the developers thoughts and their process to making the game.  There was also some controversy a week ago when it was announced that Bruce Lee would be a pre-order bonus in the EA UFC video game. The inclusion of the martial arts icon was not the issue, but the labeling of him as “the Father of MMA” in the game did appear to ruffle some feathers within the MMA community.

UFC footage from EA Sports features fighter likeness

February 13, 2014

In anticipation for EA Sport’s UFC video game release in Spring, EA Sports will be releasing video game  footage and fighter screenshots to build up the launch.  This weekend, new footage was released to illustrate the next-gen likeness that the UFC video game can take advantage off from the PS4 and Xbox One.

 

Payout Persective:

EA Sports UFC video game looks to be coming along quite nicely.  With only a few months away from the expected launch date, you can expect more videos and footage to be released with promotion kicking into another gear real soon. So far, the images and short clips have looked great, but the in-game play has been kept a secret so far.  There are a few hands-on reviews starting to leak, like this one from gamesradar.  We will keep an eye out for the release date, which the UFC will heavily promote with a UFC event.  An EA Sports heavy promo strategy on the April UFC on FOX 11 event.

Gustafsson voted for cover of EA Sports UFC video game

December 14, 2013

Alexander Gustafsson was named the winner of the fan vote to be on the cover of the upcoming “EA Sports UFC” video game.  Interesting enough, Gustafsson beat out Georges St. Pierre who announced his indefinite leave from the UFC earlier in the day.

Via Wikimedia

Via Wikimedia

The light heavyweight will join Jon Jones on the cover of the video game which is slated to be released this spring.  Gustafsson won the Metro-PCS sponsored vote in which voters picked their favorite fighter in a “tournament-style” vote.  Due to high vote production from his native Sweden, Gus was the highest vote-getter in each round of voting.  According to The Wrestling Observer (subscription recommended), 40% of the voting in the last week came from Europe.  Most of these votes were presumably for Gus.

Payout Perspective:

The Gus vote is a little surprising considering that GSP is one of the sport’s most popular fighters.  It also made Friday’s announcements a little more interesting.  What if GSP announced his leave and then he was voted the cover guy for the launch of the video game?  Would GSP do press for the video game this spring when he wanted time away?  With Gus, you get a guy that can carry the popularity in Europe and gave Jones the best fight of the light heavyweight champ’s career.  Thus, it makes having them on the cover make sense.  But, for those not following the UFC, GSP would have been the more recognizable face than Gus.

Gus likely won based on his social media campaign and the staunch backing of his Swedish fans. Of course, GSP also asked his twitter following to vote for him as well.  In comparison, Gus has about 59,500 twitter fans versus GSP who has close to 876K followers on twitter.

THQ sues EA and Zuffa over video game acquisition

October 7, 2013

According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware , Bankrupt video game maker THQ is suing Zuffa and Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) stating that EA had informed Zuffa of THQ’s shaky finances as EA and Zuffa worked together to so that EA could acquire the license to UFC video games. The Complaint was filed last Friday.

The issue goes back to 2006 when EA expressed interest in acquiring the UFC video game franchise from Zuffa.  However, court documents stated that, “EA made what Zuffa considered to be an insultingly low offer for the UFC video game rights and was rejected.”

In 2009, THQ developed “UFC 2009 Undisputed” and it was a success selling over 3.5 million units.   Despite the success two years prior, THQ’s finances declined in 2011 and the company determined that it would be unable to support its projects including the next games in the UFC franchise.

In 2011, THQ and EA discussed a potential sale of THQ as a whole to EA.  According to court documents, “THQ provided EA internal financial information including detailed sales and revenue figures for the UFC Franchise, and projected marketing expenditures on the next UFC Franchise game.”  Despite initial interests, EA broke off negotiations with THQ in December 2013 2011 citing disinterest.

Two weeks later, Zuffa criticized THQ about its expenditures and threatened to terminate its relationship with THQ based on its insolvency.  There had been no prior evidence of dissatisfaction with THQ.

THQ entered into a $10 million settlement with Zuffa in exchange for the termination of its license and all intellectual property rights to the UFC game brand in 2012.  However, THQ now claims that this was a fraudulent transfer as it believes that EA had contacted Zuffa and conveyed the internal financial information it was provided by THQ during the potential sale of THQ. THQ claims that it was “hamstrung” in negotiations with Zuffa due to its knowledge of THQ’s finances and the actual value of the UFC video game franchise was $20 million.

UPDATE 10/08/13:  Some more info from the Complaint

EA Sports MMA was released in June 2009.  You may recall that it featured the Strikeforce plus Randy Couture.  This included Fedor, Nick Diaz, Jacare Souza and others. It also featured Bas Rutten as a trainer in the game.  A hidden game feature was discovered where a player could create their own MMA fighter and could enable a player to create UFC fighters with the same tattoos, shorts, hairstyles, etc.  Zuffa discovered this issue in late November 2010 and notified EA of its objection to the use of UFC licensed fighters.  In March 2011, EA agreed to patch the game feature so that you could no longer recreate UFC fighters in the EA Sports MMA game.

Paragraph 19 indicates that after a “December 12, 2013 high-level meeting” negotiations between THQ and EA broke off.  Obviously, the Complaint likely meant December 12, 2011 as Zuffa sent the demand letter to THQ on December 30, 2011.

Payout Perspective:

The basic claim here is that THQ is claiming that when it had entered into negotiations to sell itself to EA due to financial troubles, it revealed confidential financials to EA as EA was doing its due diligence before the potential acquisition.  Once acquisition talks failed THQ claims EA took what it had known about THQ finances and sent it to Zuffa.  As many recall, EA had developed EA Sports MMA which did not do well because it did not have recognizable UFC names in its game.  Thus, THQ argues there was reason why EA wanted Zuffa to terminate its relationship with THQ.

EA is set to unveil a new UFC game, “EA Sports UFC” this spring.

The Bankruptcy laws are a little complex and THQ is asking the Bankruptcy trustee to undo the authorized settlement to Zuffa as it was not market value.  It also argues that EA tortuously interfered with its UFC contract by divulging confidential information to Zuffa.

MMA Payout will keep you up to date with this situation as it progresses.

“EA Sports UFC” Among Strong Lineup Announced for Xbox One Release

May 21, 2013

Microsoft headquarters today hosted the much anticipated Xbox One reveal, which showcased key EA Sports franchises such as Madden, NBA Live, FIFA, and the newest addition EA Sports UFC.

The video was to show off EA Sports new engine, Ignite, developed for the next generation Xbox console. Though there was no actual gameplay footage, it was a sneak peak of what can be expected in the future. The UFC portion focused on UFC LHW Champion Jon Jones and UFC LW/FW contender Anthony Pettis performing the “Showtime Kick” on current UFC LW Champion Ben Henderson.

 

MMAPayout Perspective:

Not much was “revealed” for the EA Sports UFC game other than it will be available next year for the Xbox One, but to be included with great franchises such as Madden, FIFA and NBA Live is a pretty big deal for the UFC.  In terms of development, it seems that they are still in the early stages, but we will keep an eye on E3 and see if more information about the game will become available.

First “EA Sports UFC” news to be revealed during next generation Xbox launch

May 20, 2013

One day before Microsoft is set to debut the next generation XBOX console, EA Sports announces that it will also release EA UFC news on the same day.

EASportsUFCFirstNews

 

Payout Perspective:

The assumption here is that the first official news coming out of EA Sports regarding the UFC title will take place during Microsoft’s press conference tomorrow, which will unveil the next generation XBOX console.

During a recent EA press conference, it was announced that EA Sports UFC would not be released until after this fiscal year, which ends after April 2014.  That would mean that tomorrow’s announcement could confirm that EA Sports UFC will first be officially available on the XBOX’s new console.  Also confirmed for tomorrow’s event is EA Sports FIFA franchise.

It is expected that various EA Sports titles will have a major role during tomorrow’s conference, which will be used to boast XBOX’s vast on launch  titles as well as developer support, something both Sony and Nintendo have been struggling with as of late.  There are even rumors of exclusivity talks among the two brands with certain titles, but just mere talk up to now.

Mircrosoft’s new generation console, is expected to have some presence in next month’s E3 event in Los Angeles.

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