No TNA-EA Sports game deal, yet
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Contrary to rumours, a deal has not been reached between NWA-TNA and
Electronic Arts' sports division to produce a game for the fledgling
wrestling company, though there have been talks.
In an exclusive interview, EA Sports Public Relations Coordinator
Jennifer Gonzalez told SLAM! Wrestling that no deal has been set between
the two parties, while confirming that there has been discussion between
the two sides. "EA is currently not working on a wrestling game,"
Gonzalez said. "Apparently we have had conversations with TNA but there
is nothing in the works."
Much of the speculation for an NWA-TNA game originated last week from an
article that appeared on IGN's site. IGN, known as one of the top video
gaming sites, stated in an interview with NWA-TNA star D'Lo Brown that
the company is, "currently in negotiations with several video game
companies, including Electronic Arts, to produce the first virtual
beatdown in TNA history."
In an interview with IGN, D-Lo Brown seemed to indicate that a deal had
been done with EA Sports. "It's EA Sports, it doesn't get any bigger
than EA Sports in the world of video games. The fact that we've now
signed on with them, that's only going to bring TNA to the forefront and
bring us to a higher level," he said. "You know what, I'm jacked. I've
been in about four or five video games, but this one has a different
feeling around it. It seems a little different. I'm really excited to be
a part of the process."
Speculation as to EA Sports's involvement in the game was further
fuelled by the fact that the company has produced wrestling games in the
past. Toward the end of World Championship Wrestling, the company had a
contract with EA Sports. Among the games produced was WCW Mayhem. As
well, EA Sports, through their sub-brand EA Sports Big, had produced the
No other video game companies, at this time, had been named as being in
negotiations with NWA-TNA.
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