Could 28 (UPI) — NFL homeowners on Thursday permitted a multiyear extension of their cope with Digital Arts, cementing EA Sports because the lone writer of NFL simulation soccer video video games for a minimum of the subsequent six years.

The deal, which runs through 2026, continues a relationship between the league and EA Sports that has existed for about three many years. The NFL Gamers Affiliation additionally permitted the settlement, which can hold the favored Madden NFL franchise on the forefront of soccer gaming.

The present contract was set to run out after the 2021 season.

“It was vital for us to essentially place the Madden franchise for future funding in innovation, gameplay options as we transfer to new consoles, extra gaming gadgets, cloud-based gaming, and EA, actually, given the historical past and data and the extent of expertise gave us the perfect alternative to do this,” Rachel Hoagland, the league’s vice chairman of gaming, esports and partnerships, stated in an announcement.

“So we’re excited to proceed to construct the Madden franchise with them. It is our core providing. EA, for us, will probably be on the core, on the heart of that sensible engagement for our most avid followers.”

Madden NFL 21 is anticipated to launch in early August, with the primary appears on the recreation coming subsequent week.

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes was final 12 months’s cowl athlete. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson stated final month that he would grace the quilt of this 12 months’s recreation, however EA Sports hasn’t made an announcement.