Posted on January 15, 2008,

College Hoops 2K9 Canceled

2k-sports.gifKotaku reported on a rumor yesterday that 2K Sports’ College Hoops 2K9 had been canceled, alongside another rumor stating that EA was potentially looking into some sort of deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company similar to the deal EA has with the NFL. While Take-Two has since confirmed the cancelation of College Hoops 2K9, there’s no word yet on any developments between Electronic Arts and the CLC – if there are even any to be had.

Take-Two released the following statement:

2K Sports has decided not to continue negotiations with the CLC for the license for its top-rated College Hoops franchise, which would have been released next in November 2008. We are committed to providing fans with high-quality, critically-acclaimed sports games, but given our disciplined approach to the business, we do not believe the current discussions would result in an acceptable outcome.

As we saw in the football market, no 2K rival for EA’s product – in this case, their March Madness series – doesn’t exactly produce much innovation from their games. Gamers really don’t see any form of benefit by having a company own exclusive rights to a league like this, so hopefully 2K and the CLC end up back at the negotiations table. Otherwise, we might be settling for the sub-par March Madness series for any college basketball videogame action.

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10 Comments on College Hoops 2K9 Canceled

Rollett

On January 16, 2008 at 12:04 am

Not that any of these sports games are good anymore.. gonna be horrible for sports gamers if they only have one choice.. poorly made EA games…

Coach Adam

On July 20, 2008 at 10:14 am

Its truly sad to know i’ll be forced to play march madness again, i’m 33 yrs of age and have been playing basketball video games since Double Dribble! I remember when EA first came along with Lakers vs Celtics, my buddies and I went crazy over it but when the first college basketball was released (coach K) thats when I fell in love! Yes I became a March Madness man from that point until i was introduced to ESPN College Hoops2K3, I seen the potenial in College Hoops and where they were putting emphasis on realism, thats where march madness was slacking! Although ESPN parted from the 2K series, College Hoops became the #1 college basketball game between the two, dont get me wrong College Hoops had their flaws and still do but the realism between the two were’nt equal. But it all comes down to business and if you cant be profitable the way you expect then why do it? I respect business and a company has to look out for its best interest……… I know for a fact because I was working for Chrysler since “95″ i’ve been laid off since Feb 18th of this year but LIFE GOES ON. Im such a huge fan of College Basketball hopefully i can work with a developer, I know the game!! Contact me @ starrman428@yahoo.com

Juice5403

On July 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I’m am tired of EA’s monopoly over sports games. 1st, the exclusive license agreements with the NFL and NCAA Football was crazy. 2K had a way better NFL game. EA had the longevity and funds to kill the competition. I thought there were some kind of laws against that. Now, NCAA Basketball, come on now! 2K puts out a way better game in both basketball games. I like EA. I grew up on EA. But if there going to get exclusive licenses, they need to start puting more work into their games. How many more years do we have to sit around and watch any team pick your 99 rated defenses apart. How many features are we going to get promised that dont work. Thank you EA for hindering the videogame community. You guy’s Rock!

G-CODE

On August 1, 2008 at 4:55 am

:twisted: yep EA strikes again. Cold-hearted, money hungry, greedy, sneaky, dirty, disloyal EA Sports. I’m not buy another game from them. Don’t be fooled this year madden looks nice in the trailers but I’m willing to bet you get the exact playing experience you got in madden99. 2K will bounce back and when they do its going to be a wrap for EA. All I have to say is “2K PLEASE DON’T LET THEM TAKE NBA!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

allen

On August 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

EA Basketball is no good……College Hoops 2K8 is THE BEST BASKETBALL GAME EVER!!!!!!! It a shame……

mevo20

On September 3, 2008 at 12:44 am

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :evil: yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. what r we supposed to do? by live and march madness. everyone lets start an EA boycott

Gabe

On October 16, 2008 at 9:15 am

:sad:

It is absolutely pathetic that the CLC sold out to EA. Frankly I will not be buying EA game as it does not compare to 2k8. I am also emailing the CLC and let them know what I think of there decision. I suggest everyone else do the same. With public outcry and less revenue in, they will give 2k8 a license.

Boycotting EA

Jarvis

On November 22, 2008 at 8:55 am

OFF EA

slick lo

On December 15, 2008 at 10:47 am

EA sport aint they games suck ass 2k games are better.

CP3FAN

On December 16, 2008 at 12:02 pm

IF EA TAKE NBA2K FROM US I WONT PLAY A BASKETBALL GAME EVERY IN MY LIFE.
EA PLAYERS LOOK LIKE THEY SMOKE ROCKS.EVERYBODY DO THE SAME THEY
SHOOT IS THE SAME DATS SOME FAKE ASS