NHL, NHLPA sign with EA and 2K

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association signed a multiyear, non-exclusive deal with both EA and 2K Sports. Outstanding.

Regardless of what you think of hockey, anything that promotes competition between is GREAT, especially when it comes to sports games. It opens the door to innovative thinking in terms of gameplay, and gives people a choice instead of having to be beaten over the head with the same game engine year after year. There’s more than one play to bring across the same sport, and I like seeing different companies take a stab at it.

Of course, it IS hockey, and I don’t know who half the players are — but the thing is, an outstanding game could change that, or at least make me look in the sport’s direction — even if an entire season of it was canceled.