According to the sources, Tiger Woods returns to golf video games for the first time since 2013. PGA Tour star Tiger Woods partnered with New York-based Take-Two Interactive who makes PGA Tour 2K series. Woods last appeared on video games in 2013 via a partnership with EA Sports.
Above all, woods has signed a long-term partnership with the company behind the “PGA Tour 2K” video game series. It will be returning the 15-time major champion to an industry he once dominated with EA Sports.
Let’s dive into the news.
Tiger Woods is back in the game – digitally, at least.
Officially this deal had been done on Tuesday. It is nearly a month after Woods suffered career-threatening leg injuries when he crashed an SUV on a steep road in the Los Angeles suburbs.
Firstly, Woods, 45, formerly dealt with rival gaming company Electronic Arts (EA Sports) before parting ways with the company in 2013. Secondly, according to an article by CNN, the firm sold over $700 million in golf games featuring Woods. The article also estimated Woods made roughly $6 million per year with EA Sports. Besides, during the partnership, which commenced in 1998.
Besides, Forbes estimates Woods has made over $1 billion in endorsements from Nike and American Express companies. But whether Woods will return to play real golf is the more pressing question. Woods is still recovering from an automobile accident on Feb. 23 in Southern California, leaving the golfer with serious leg injuries.
Woods is back in the business…
It’s possible Woods may never return to the PGA sports video games Tour, where his 82 victories are tied with Sam Snead for most all-time, but his name and likeness will be used exclusively in the “PGA Tour 2K” franchise. Woods was not among the players included in last year’s 2K game, and it’s unclear if he’ll be added or if his name.
In addition, woods was partnered with EA Sports for 15 years, and the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series is among the most successful sports video games ever. Woods and EA Sports parted in 2013, four years after news of Woods’ extramarital affairs tarnished his public image.
The Bottom Line
The company released its first PGA Tour game last August, developed by Canada-based HB Studios, which Take-Two announced its acquiring. Take-Two has a market capitalization of $19.9 billion. Shares of the company were up 2% on Tuesday afternoon, trading at $173 per share.
“I am looking forward to making my return to the video game landscape, and with 2K and HB Studios, I’ve found the right partners to make it happen,” Woods said in a statement released by 2K. “I’m honored to take part in this opportunity and look forward to sharing my expertise and insights as we build the future of golf video games together.”
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