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ESPN Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Deal with EA To Broadcast Madden eSports Competitions

It looks like the house of mouse and EA are working together again, this time with broadcast rights to Madden NFL’s eSport competitions over the next several years:

“We’re thrilled to continue and expand our relationship with EA and the NFL in not only showcasing to our audiences these world class esports competitions for multiple years, but using the myriad of ESPN and Disney global platforms to tell the incredible stories of these competitors,” John Lasker, VP of ESPN Digital Media Programming, said in a statement.

The agreement will broadcast two Madden-based leagues: The Madden NFL 18 Club Championship and the Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League. The club championship tournament, which features players representing all 32 NFL franchises, will begin at the NFL Pro Bowl today in Orlando, Florida, and end with the finals during the week of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis at the Super Bowl Experience on Feb. 1.

The full TV programming details for both Madden NFL 18 Club Championship and the Madden NFL Ultimate League are as follows:

Madden NFL 18 Club Championship Divisional Finals, Live from the Pro Bowl
January 27: 10pm ET ESPNEWS
Orlando, FL (Pro Bowl)

Madden NFL 18 Club Championship Final, Live from Super Bowl LII
February 1: 9pm ET ESPN2/Deportes
Minneapolis, MN (Super Bowl LII)

12 one-hour episodes of the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League Regular Season
ThursdaysFeb – April
Exclusive to Disney XD
Available on ESPN VOD

Half-hour episodes of an Ultimate League Series
Tuesdays at 9pm ET
Weekly from April 3 – May 1
Exclusive to ESPN2/ESPN VOD, Disney XD and Deportes

Madden NFL 18 Ultimate League Championship Final, Live from the NFL Draft
April 28: 7pm ET ESPN2
Arlington, TX (NFL Draft)

Broadcasts will also be available in the UK and Ireland via BT Sport, Canada via TSN and Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean and Latin America, including Brazil via ESPN International networks.

You can see more details on Madden’s eSport competitions on their official website.

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  1. Toupal
    Great!
    More of a reason to cater to the compveitive community...
    Yeah... It's become really clear where all this is leading.
    Maybe the XFL 2 will prompt a different developer to make a football game...looking at you 2k!
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    Toupal
    Great!
    More of a reason to cater to the compveitive community...

    Thats all folks..the writing is on the wall for the sim folks..I truly hope their is a voice and representation at EA for the sim ideas to stay relevant.
    I don’t get it. In the past, these games haven’t even resembled real games. The players just spam 5 wide sets all game with the same play principles. There is just a decided lack of variety in strategy and tactics.
    It’s not so much that I object to them airing the games, it’s just that I don’t understand why anyone finds it entertaining to watch.
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    JoshC1977
    I don’t get it. In the past, these games haven’t even resembled real games. The players just spam 5 wide sets all game with the same play principles. There is just a decided lack of variety in strategy and tactics.
    It’s not so much that I object to them airing the games, it’s just that I don’t understand why anyone finds it entertaining to watch.
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    Exactly.
    The fact they even perceive this to be marketable leaves me dumbfounded.
    I think it’s dope that competitive video games are really gaining platform, but Madden’s gameplay is simply lacking when compared to other sport games.
    JoshC1977
    I don’t get it. In the past, these games haven’t even resembled real games. The players just spam 5 wide sets all game with the same play principles. There is just a decided lack of variety in strategy and tactics.
    It’s not so much that I object to them airing the games, it’s just that I don’t understand why anyone finds it entertaining to watch.
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    Josh, don't forget, the way we play is boring to watch. lol
    roadman
    Josh, don't forget, the way we play is boring to watch. lol

    I literally laughed out loud....well played Roadman. :)
    (For those who don't know what we're referring to, it is in reference to an exchange we had on Twitter with some random H2H guy.)
    JoshC1977
    I don’t get it. In the past, these games haven’t even resembled real games. The players just spam 5 wide sets all game with the same play principles. There is just a decided lack of variety in strategy and tactics.
    It’s not so much that I object to them airing the games, it’s just that I don’t understand why anyone finds it entertaining to watch.

    It has more to do with eSports and money as whole than anything else. Anybody and everybody is trying to get into them and EA is doing absolutely everything they can to make Madden work because eSports has been the hot thing. Putting it on ESPN should definitely help bump up their numbers in terms of viewers but as I type this there's only ~3800 people watching the event going on right now so it's not like people are dying to tune into this stuff.
    Either way it's bad for people like us though for the foreseeable future because if it doesn't grow at the pace they're expecting they're going to dump even more time and resources into it to try and make sure it does and then if it does finally start to explode then it will just continue to be the primary focus moving forward.
    DeuceDouglas
    It has more to do with eSports and money as whole than anything else. Anybody and everybody is trying to get into them and EA is doing absolutely everything they can to make Madden work because eSports has been the hot thing. Putting it on ESPN should definitely help bump up their numbers in terms of viewers but as I type this there's only ~3800 people watching the event going on right now so it's not like people are dying to tune into this stuff.
    Either way it's bad for people like us though for the foreseeable future because if it doesn't grow at the pace they're expecting they're going to dump even more time and resources into it to try and make sure it does and then if it does finally start to explode then it will just continue to be the primary focus moving forward.

    You talk about how small the viewership is on Twitch right now but when the last big tournament got a 1 hr special on the CW Network, not known for sports at all, that one hour special drew 670,000 viewers. And that was the most viewed televised eSport event by over 200,000+ viewers in 2017. Source: http://tnl.media/esportstv/2017/12/22/madden-on-the-cw-becomes-the-top-rated-esports-program-for-2017
    redsox4evur
    You talk about how small the viewership is on Twitch right now but when the last big tournament got a 1 hr special on the CW Network, not known for sports at all, that one hour special drew 670,000 viewers. And that was the most viewed televised eSport event by over 200,000+ viewers in 2017. Source: http://tnl.media/esportstv/2017/12/22/madden-on-the-cw-becomes-the-top-rated-esports-program-for-2017

    I know someone that works in the television business and does a lot of business analytics and he said even just clicking on the channel, then away is considered in these type of reporting metrics.
    It’s not counting those that are actually viewing what’s being aired and how long they watch.
    One trick they use to increase views is they know many people change the channel using the channel up/down, so you may cross CW channel 10+ times during your channel changing, which is being counted in the viewership metric even though you don’t even watch 2min of what’s being aired on the channel.
    Another thing to keep in mind also, ESPN has gone way down since the days of old mostly following the Jerry Springer playbook of shock coverage topics/personalities (ie Steven A. Smith etc...), thus the brand is hurting because most sports fans no longer see/use them for their sports information unlike in times past.
    I dont understand why anyone would want to watch people play a video game on tv. I play madden because i like football, but i cannot go out and actually play in an nfl game. I don't need to watch anybody play madden, i can just play myself. I guess i am just old and my lawn is delicate.
    Glad the people who don’t care have monopolized the conversation.
    For me, I do enjoy watching these matches, which why I know that the strategy is deeper than folks make it out to be. And whether it matches the NFL is beside the point. It’s strategic and skillful, and games are more varied than the sim games seem to notice.
    What I would say is that I hope EA uses this to show full games. Don’t want just highlights and puff pieces on gamers. I want to watch the game with commentary on the strategy. But that’s not what I’ve seen EA do for anything but the finals.
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    JayhawkerStL
    Glad the people who don’t care have monopolized the conversation.
    For me, I do enjoy watching these matches, which why I know that the strategy is deeper than folks make it out to be. And whether it matches the NFL is beside the point. It’s strategic and skillful, and games are more varied than the sim games seem to notice.
    What I would say is that I hope EA uses this to show full games. Don’t want just highlights and puff pieces on gamers. I want to watch the game with commentary on the strategy. But that’s not what I’ve seen EA do for anything but the finals.
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    I think if EA had the choice to do that they would. The main problem is that would require ESPN, CW, whoever to dedicate like a ton of hours to having them shown on TV. For instance today's stream lasted over 6:30 hours and that was 12 games played, which is only half of the first round. So sadly I think the best we will get is maybe the semi finals and finals shown in full on TV in a 2 hour special or something.
    I haven't watched much online Madden but I have seen 2k on twitch. Awful stuff. Just bs. Nothing that resembles the sport. All stick skills. Can't imagine watching it.
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    truedat79
    I dont understand why anyone would want to watch people play a video game on tv. I play madden because i like football, but i cannot go out and actually play in an nfl game. I don't need to watch anybody play madden, i can just play myself. I guess i am just old and my lawn is delicate.

    It’s a generational thing I think. I’m 43 and would probably watch reality tv like Real Housewives over a madden competition...or just burn my eyes out so I don’t have to choose.
    My kids on the other hand are 17 and 21. They go on YouTube and watch Pewdiepie or Markiplyer or whoever playing video games all the time. I can easily see people their age who enjoy Madden watching something like this.
    It’s whatever to me. I wish madden was good enough to be worth playing much less watching. I wonder what happens when something like the oline pancake glitch happens. Think they would air it?
    truedat79
    I dont understand why anyone would want to watch people play a video game on tv. I play madden because i like football, but i cannot go out and actually play in an nfl game. I don't need to watch anybody play madden, i can just play myself. I guess i am just old and my lawn is delicate.

    Really? I find myself watching Twitch/Youtube channels or other players all the time. There is a reason monetary streaming has become very popular in the last few years.
    RTS games like Starcraft, League of Legends, etc. are massively popular. There are online tournaments that are streamed and covered with prizes in the millions of dollars. Careers can be had in e-gaming. It is massively popular. Especially overseas in Europe and Asia. The US is generally behind in popularity often-times.
    If a company can get into e-gaming with any of their games they will attempt it. There is a lot of money to be made.
    It is probably a generational thing. I'm only 31. I've also cut cable and move to streaming TV services and the like.
    Devaster
    Really? I find myself watching Twitch/Youtube channels or other players all the time. There is a reason monetary streaming has become very popular in the last few years.
    RTS games like Starcraft, League of Legends, etc. are massively popular. There are online tournaments that are streamed and covered with prizes in the millions of dollars. Careers can be had in e-gaming. It is massively popular. Especially overseas in Europe and Asia. The US is generally behind in popularity often-times.
    If a company can get into e-gaming with any of their games they will attempt it. There is a lot of money to be made.
    It is probably a generational thing. I'm only 31. I've also cut cable and move to streaming TV services and the like.

    Im 37. I am also not much of a gamer. I really only play madden anymore. Was more into ncaa but what are you gonna do.
    Devaster

    If a company can get into e-gaming with any of their games they will attempt it. There is a lot of money to be made.

    Maybe, but never from me. For one, watching someone else play a video game of ANY type has, in my experience, rated on the excitement level somewhere between the wood-working shows and watching grass grow. More importantly for me, perhaps, it is hard enough my justifying the time-sink required to play a few video games myself. I can think of nothing more wasteful of the precious time given me than to watch someone else playing a video game.
    NimitsTexan
    Maybe, but never from me. For one, watching someone else play a video game of ANY type has, in my experience, rated on the excitement level somewhere between the wood-working shows and watching grass grow. More importantly for me, perhaps, it is hard enough my justifying the time-sink required to play a few video games myself. I can think of nothing more wasteful of the precious time given me than to watch someone else playing a video game.

    Preach.......
    NimitsTexan
    Maybe, but never from me. For one, watching someone else play a video game of ANY type has, in my experience, rated on the excitement level somewhere between the wood-working shows and watching grass grow. More importantly for me, perhaps, it is hard enough my justifying the time-sink required to play a few video games myself. I can think of nothing more wasteful of the precious time given me than to watch someone else playing a video game.

    Totally agree, but as KJ pointed out above, the younger audience is into that stuff. I have kids around the same age and they watch Twitch with people streaming games.
    NimitsTexan
    Maybe, but never from me. For one, watching someone else play a video game of ANY type has, in my experience, rated on the excitement level somewhere between the wood-working shows and watching grass grow. More importantly for me, perhaps, it is hard enough my justifying the time-sink required to play a few video games myself. I can think of nothing more wasteful of the precious time given me than to watch someone else playing a video game.

    Translated as "get off my lawn".
    NimitsTexan
    Maybe, but never from me. For one, watching someone else play a video game of ANY type has, in my experience, rated on the excitement level somewhere between the wood-working shows and watching grass grow. More importantly for me, perhaps, it is hard enough my justifying the time-sink required to play a few video games myself. I can think of nothing more wasteful of the precious time given me than to watch someone else playing a video game.

    What is funny about this POV to me is I probably share it in the long run.
    I like watching this type of content before I go to bed at night. Probably because it puts me to sleep.
    kjcheezhead
    It’s a generational thing I think. I’m 43 and would probably watch reality tv like Real Housewives over a madden competition...or just burn my eyes out so I don’t have to choose.
    My kids on the other hand are 17 and 21. They go on YouTube and watch Pewdiepie or Markiplyer or whoever playing video games all the time. I can easily see people their age who enjoy Madden watching something like this.
    It’s whatever to me. I wish madden was good enough to be worth playing much less watching. I wonder what happens when something like the oline pancake glitch happens. Think they would air it?

    I'm 49, and I like the Madden Championships. I also watch some video gaming fees on Twitch and Mixer. It's not a part of my regular viewing habits, but I enjoy it from time to time.
    Personally, when something becomes unthinkably popular, I tend to seek it out and figure out why. Sometimes I leave realizing its not for me, like MyCareer modes. Sometimes I find out that it is pretty cool, like watching streams of competitive games.
    But hey, if you guys think you can convince EA to alter their future game development plans by asserting how old and close-minded you are, go for it.
    For the 1st time I watched the last few minutes of the latest Comp Tourney.
    Guy runs same two slant plays to the right for incomplete passes, then same play to the left for a touchdown to win.
    1st thing comes to my mind is how the AI players make no adjustment to stop the same exact play being run 3 times in a row.
    As the PAT is attempted, I’m like man that kick meter is running very slow.
    Slow like it does on Rookie and Pro difficulty levels.
    If these are the best Madden players, why are they not competing on the games most difficult level so that the other 10 AI players aren’t abuse?
    It's interesting to me that there's clearly an audience for competitive Madden to that point that ESPN will agree to broadcast it even as Madden's in-game presentation doesn't lend itself really well to competitive gaming.
    Many e-sports fans are drawn to watching competitive gaming based on the personalities behind the sticks as opposed to the game itself. It's very easy for a player to express his skill and flair in a game like an FPS or an RTS, games which have much easier to understand mechanics for the layman, and it's much easier for someone to understand how someone is good at either of these games - they shoot more accurately, they move units around in a coordinated manner more quickly, and so on.
    Expressing skill and individuality in an 11-on-11 sports game is much harder, though. Madden doesn't really do a good job showing the layman why a user is playing the game the way he is, nor does it show how well the user is playing (aside from obvious stuff like score).
    It's cool to see that Madden is already compelling enough to large swaths of people that it now has a television contract, but if the Madden game could better quantify how skilled and creative its best players are on the sticks, I think that would make the experience much better.
    Basically, video game football isn't real-life football and in a competitive e-sports environment it should not be presented as such.
    NimitsTexan
    I can think of nothing more wasteful of the precious time given me than to watch someone else playing a video game.

    Eh. My dad still tells me playing video games at all is a waste of time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Personally, I don't watch a whole lot of competitive gaming or Twitch streams, but over the past half-decade or so I've probably watched more content from Achievement Hunter and Let's Play - two YouTube comedy channels centered around Rooster Teeth personalities playing video games, often poorly - than I have anything else on cable television (I've been a cord-cutter for years).
    Honestly, I've also probably watched far more games being played on AH / LP than I've actually played games recently. There are too many great video games out there and I don't have nearly enough time to play them all, so watching others play a bunch of different games in 30-minute bite-sized chunks is a great way for me to enjoy the games I miss second-hand.
    Other than that, different strokes for different folks, that's all.
    I enjoy watching the streams of guys on Twitch who are slider testing, and I watch some YouTube guys who do breakdowns of concepts in the playbooks, like NYKia, so I don't think it's super odd that some folks would want to watch other folks play.
    I did tune in to this last tournament, and I thought it was a bit sad how the game is reduced to the same basic concepts, but that's been said a bunch, so that's not an atypical reaction.
    I did find it funny at one point when Blocky, I think, was going for it on 4th. The announcer was like "I talked to coach Madden and asked him if he coached 5 minute quarter games, wouldn't it be realistic to go for it more on 4th, and he said you'd definitely see lots more of that, so Blocky's strategy is realistic..."
    That, to me, is the troubling bit--it's the normalization, or at least the threat of the normalization of game play that's generally pathetic but is relatively common among the tournament types. I don't want to see more of that, but I'm sure that's where it's headed.
    Perhaps that's making a mountain out of a molehill, but when I heard that, I cringed.
    And yes, I know that going for it on 4th makes sense in lots of particular cases IRL, and I know that some coaches are gutsier than others, so I'm not calling foul on the concept of going for it at all. I'm just wondering if commentary like that is indicative of a way of viewing the game that's bad for my constituency.
    First, trying to get 120 offensive plays into an online game is a non-starter on every level, outside of those online CFM's that have grouped players that see this as a priority. The games take way too long and no one has that kind of time to play on a regular basis. That's also why there are so few online CFM's that are active week to week.
    MUT games get you about 55-70 offensive plays a game. That's plenty in this environment. Just like we adapt rules to football in other areas, flag football, pick up games, pee wee, and so on, it makes sense to adapt here. And that is enough plays to equate about one half of a game. If you look at it as the second half of a tie game, which is plenty to foster a competitive game.
    I've argued over and over on here that Madden is not a sim, has never been a sim, and will probably never be a sim. But it is a great platform for competitive matches based on the sport of football. If it were a board game, no one would complain about the adaptations made to make the game work on that platform. And that's all that is going on here.
    As a competitive sport, you play to win the game. In the second half of a tie game, you are going to go for it on 4th down more often, because you have fewer possessions. Now, some of the guys are dumb, and I've seen guys screw themselves, in the Madden Championships, by not executing smart game theory, and going for it when it doesn't make sense. And today, I listened to a segment on the radio about how many NFL coaches need to learn more game theory so that they stop making so many poor decisions down the stretch of a game.
    So, yes, if you view that 1st quarter 4th down attempt as though it is really in the 1st quarter, it looks bad. But if you are competing, and understand the conditions, it might make a lot more sense. If things went bad, and you are down 14-0 in the 1st quarter, it's more like late in the third. And if the other guy gets the ball to start the second half, you have one less possession than you would have had.
    Of course, that's where some guys screw themselves. Because, while it is only the second half of a game, you have 6 time outs, 2 end of the quarter clock stoppages, 2 two-minute warnings, and a halftime that may swap possessions. You have to consider all of that, too. It's nowhere near as little time as you think, and part of why you get so many plays in despite the short quarter lengths.
    Once you wrap your head around that, you begin to realize that while the rules of football are being screwed with, the core essence is still there, and that's what helps you make sense of the changes. Running the ball will seal a win. A strong defense means you can punt and wait to get the ball back.
    What Hooe hit on is something I think EA needs to improve on if they want Madden to be TV ready. I need better understanding of what each guy is doing. I want a half time show where the analyst shows the viewer what adjustments guys are making. I need to see replays.
    I don't care if the players are using defenses unconventionally, but I want to hear the analyst talk about why. I want learn how to counter what people do online.
    It's video game based on a competitive sport. I have no problem with guys that just want to do the paint-by-numbers simulation of what they see on Sundays, tweaking sliders so it looks just right and all results match expectations. There is something zen about it, and I've been there. But it's no different than if I were drawing or painting what I see on Sundays, or working on a plastic model of a perfect tackle. It's worthwhile and interesting.
    But it is mind boggling to me that these same guys cannot understand why so many people view sports games as something to play head-to-head, competitively, to the point that they don't care about franchise play.
    My first games of Madden was in the 90's while I was in college. And it was six or seven of us hanging out, drinking beers, and playing Madden, where winner gets next. All night long, competing to keep playing. Yeah, I would play some season mode when I got home, but it was playing someone sitting next you on the couch that made Madden rule. And not a single dude wanted to hear about how good your franchise was going.
    I know it is the last thing folks in this forum want to hear, but MUT made Madden great again by providing a fanatic way to play the game competitively, with our favorite players. I would rather it be a subscription based mode instead of microtransactions, for sure, but I get that this mode is expensive to produce and run week after week. I don't mind that it costs extra, because it suddenly made playing online against randoms more fun.
    What I really hope is that ESPN can improve the understanding of what Madden online is, and elevate the gameplay. I'm excited to see what the future brings. I'm fully aware it might be terrible, too. But that's the risk.
    My hope is that they improve their tools/tech to the point where gameplay for sim CFM play can be rescued from the all of the compromises that are made for the competitive space.
    The pancake bug only came about because of an attempt at punishing H2H players who used pass defenses to stop the run. H2H players ironically hated it but were of course able to adjust so that it wouldn't happen to them, but it messed up the CPU in solo games. I could list a dozen things that are a fouled up for solo play because of trying to balance the game for H2H play. I would like to not have competitive/e-sports wrecking things for those of us who are the majority of the player base.
    Jay:
    Not all competitive players come from an angle that you are coming from.
    You've been there and done that.
    Just as much as you assume that sim players can't understand the dynamics of competitive gaming, the reverse is also true. I saw evidence of this last week on Twitter with an exchange with someone that loves competitive gaming and doesn't appreciate the way sim gamers play.
    I don't care how someone enjoys their game once they plunk $ down, but I think most here would like our voices to be heard/opinions shared vs what appears to be on the surface a gravationional pull towards listening to the competitive gaming arena.
    CM Hooe
    Eh. My dad still tells me playing video games at all is a waste of time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    But he probably sits in front of the tv every night huh.
    roadman
    Jay:
    Not all competitive players come from an angle that you are coming from.
    You've been there and done that.
    Just as much as you assume that sim players can't understand the dynamics of competitive gaming, the reverse is also true. I saw evidence of this last week on Twitter with an exchange with someone that loves competitive gaming and doesn't appreciate the way sim gamers play.
    I don't care how someone enjoys their game once they plunk $ down, but I think most here would like our voices to be heard/opinions shared vs what appears to be on the surface a gravationional pull towards listening to the competitive gaming arena.

    That goes back to my first post in this thread. People who don't care about MUT and eSports are monopolizing the conversation in a thread about MUT and eSports. If you think this thread helps sim players make their case, I'm telling you that you are wrong.
    What I wanted to talk about was how MUT and the Madden Championships are presented on TV. But instead I saw post after post by people that only have the vaguest notion of what competitive Madden is like, bashing it as a mode, as though their voice has not been heard on this forum enough.
    I think the Twitter campaign you have been doing is great. It's a really good way to get the views of sim players out there. I don't post in that thread because I can look at the thread and see it is not for me. But just because you got some pushback by a random on Twitter, that doesn't mean you have to be in an all-out war on competitive players. It means someone heard you.
    You guys are taking a moment in which members the Madden team are popping champagne and celebrating, in which competitive players are excitedly thinking they may get on TV some day, and just ****ting all over it. Those same devs you are reaching out to on Twitter, and working so hard to be respectful to, also read threads like this.
    JayhawkerStL
    That goes back to my first post in this thread. People who don't care about MUT and eSports are monopolizing the conversation in a thread about MUT and eSports. If you think this thread helps sim players make their case, I'm telling you that you are wrong.
    What I wanted to talk about was how MUT and the Madden Championships are presented on TV. But instead I saw post after post by people that only have the vaguest notion of what competitive Madden is like, bashing it as a mode, as though their voice has not been heard on this forum enough.
    I think the Twitter campaign you have been doing is great. It's a really good way to get the views of sim players out there. I don't post in that thread because I can look at the thread and see it is not for me. But just because you got some pushback by a random on Twitter, that doesn't mean you have to be in an all-out war on competitive players. It means someone heard you.
    You guys are taking a moment in which members the Madden team are popping champagne and celebrating, in which competitive players are excitedly thinking they may get on TV some day, and just ****ting all over it. Those same devs you are reaching out to on Twitter, and working so hard to be respectful to, also read threads like this.

    And I would say to all of that is for the most case, this isn't the type of place to generate threads like this or you will get this type of backlash/feedback.
    Personally, it doesn't bother me how someone plays the game you bought, you play it the way you want.
    There will be people on both sides(here or anywhere) that will express their distaste for "other side." You provided good insight on the competitive side that probably doesn't enter a sim players mind or perspective.
    CM Hooe
    Eh. My dad still tells me playing video games at all is a waste of time. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Personally, I don't watch a whole lot of competitive gaming or Twitch streams, but over the past half-decade or so I've probably watched more content from Achievement Hunter and Let's Play - two YouTube comedy channels centered around Rooster Teeth personalities playing video games, often poorly - than I have anything else on cable television (I've been a cord-cutter for years).
    Honestly, I've also probably watched far more games being played on AH / LP than I've actually played games recently. There are too many great video games out there and I don't have nearly enough time to play them all, so watching others play a bunch of different games in 30-minute bite-sized chunks is a great way for me to enjoy the games I miss second-hand.
    Other than that, different strokes for different folks, that's all.

    This is how I feel also. There are tons of games out there I'm never going to play. But I also enjoy watching others play them sometimes to see what the game-play is like. Sometimes it even encourages me to purchase that game and play it. Game companies love the free advertisements for their games. I can guarantee more people are purchasing games thanks to channels/streams.
    I had been playing M15 the last few years. Decided to skip 16 and 17, because I wasn't really that pleased with M15 and didn't want to buy another clone of M15. But after watching a bunch of M17 game-play videos last year and seeing all the changes introduced in franchise mode compared to M15 it encouraged me to purchase M18. And I love the improvement in the franchise mode in M18 from M15.
    I almost ended up buying M17 last year but decided to wait for M18 since it was already at the end of the season when I was watching those game-play videos of M17.
    I think I'd also tune in to competitive Madden more if the analysis was better. Maybe if someone can recommend some Youtube channels of competitive Madden players that you think are good and have fun personalities I would love to check them out.
    khaliib
    For the 1st time I watched the last few minutes of the latest Comp Tourney.
    Guy runs same two slant plays to the right for incomplete passes, then same play to the left for a touchdown to win.
    1st thing comes to my mind is how the AI players make no adjustment to stop the same exact play being run 3 times in a row.
    As the PAT is attempted, I’m like man that kick meter is running very slow.
    Slow like it does on Rookie and Pro difficulty levels.
    If these are the best Madden players, why are they not competing on the games most difficult level so that the other 10 AI players aren’t abuse?

    Some kickers have a Skill that slows down the kick meter. It’s called like clutch kicker or something. That’s why it was slow. It makes the meter as slow as pro or rookie. Some of the players (Problem did) had that. The competitive games are all played on All Pro difficulty
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    I actually like watching the broadcasted Madden tournaments like these. The production is good. I like the announcers. The gameplay gets repetitive but the games are real short and it’s a video game.
    The problem I have with this deal is that I hope it doesn’t mean that even less time and resources will be going to Franchise and sim style.
    The writing is on the wall. Madden 18 showed me that franchise/sim players are not a top priority. They say we are and say this and say that but I look at actions. The advertising focus, money, and most info from Tiberon is competitive and MuT focused.
    Even the focus franchise gets is mostly for online franchise. I’m glad for that since I am a online franchise player but if they would really make solo franchise a huge focus I would have reason to play more solo franchise. As it is right now the terrible cpu play calling a qb play make it so hard to get a challenge unless you go All Madden. Then you still have bad cpu play calling and cpu qb play but it just ramps up the difficulty to give and challenge and you spend too much time trying to get balanced gameplay.
    Clearly single player franchise is the last priority for EA. They rarely touch cpu play calling and QB play. They did very little with franchise itself. They seem to have no interest in fixing sliders or expanding them. It seems real like this will give even more reason to continue to barely touch single player franchise.
    So until proven otherwise I fear I’m a dying breed when it comes to Madden. I hope I’m wrong.
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    I love watching esports. Starcraft, mobas, Overwatch, CSGO. A lot of cool esports to choose from.
    Watching pro Madden tournaments is awful. I can't make it 5 minutes. Just a bad, bad viewing experience. Madden will never, ever become a legitimate esport.
    charter04
    Some kickers have a Skill that slows down the kick meter. It’s called like clutch kicker or something. That’s why it was slow. It makes the meter as slow as pro or rookie. Some of the players (Problem did) had that. The competitive games are all played on All Pro difficulty

    And those kickers have a higher cap hit, whihc means the players are sacrificing elsewhere on their rosters to have them.
    Watched that brat kid get smoked by Skimbo today. When he scored a TD to make it a one score game, he started screaming at Skimbo to do something stupid. And then the kid proceeded to miss his XP!
    Later, Bucky saw his 17-0 lead disappear, only to hit a FG to put himself up over Point. Point drove himself into FG position, only to shank a kick.
    I watched via Twitch, and was grttingthe full games. The commentators were okay, but I still feel like we need to be given much more information. I want to see how each guy set up his roster, and where they invested most of there cap points.
    Skimbo had Jamaal charles, and they did mention that this was the Gold version, and was only a 78 OVR. It would be nice to see how much they invest on their OLs and such.
    And the Jamal Charles things does highlight a problem with this going on TV. I'd much prefer more legends for extra content than multiple versions of the same card. It would make things easier for the viewer, even ones familiar with MUT, to be able to know how good a player is, by who he is, rather than needing to see his card to learn which version.
    Another thing I noticed is that these guys really use the coaching adjustments, and tend to go really conservative. Lots of receivers going down on catches over the middle, which avoids the big hits coming.

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