News and notes from around the world of sports video gaming:
Quick Hit Football - now officially Quick Hit NFL Football - has re-launched with all the colors, logos and nicknames of the National Football League, as well as a long anticipated three-dimensional presentation in the browser-based PC game.
Quick Hit Football, the browser-based strategy simulation, will re-launch in September with NFL licensing. Though it won't carry real-life rosters, the game's maker can cut deals with individual players, and Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware has been added to the stable.
Quick Hit Football, the free-to-play online football game, will bring NFL teams to its MMO-style team management simulation under one of the very few licenses the league's given to a video game of any type other than Madden.
Madden isn't the only way to play video game football. It is the only way to play NFL football. Other games must invent teams, and their names and logos have often reinforced an outsider, expansion or even knockoff look.
Although the Supreme Court today refused to give the NFL an antitrust exemption in negotiating exclusive licenses - and the league sold one to EA Sports' Madden series - the decision doesn't necessarily jeopardize such deals for video games.
Today's football news isn't entirely about Madden or the NFL Draft. Quick Hit Football, a free-to-play, browser-based football simulator, picked up Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss to appear in-game for Quick Hit's second season.
This isn't Super Bowl weekend, it's Pro Bowl weekend. And to liven up what is otherwise light-hitting exhibition football action, we've got a memorabilia giveaway courtesy of Quick Hit Football.
Quick Hit Football, the free-to-play online American football strategy game, counts a million games played since its public release two months ago and says it will put out an update early this week that enhances gameplay and playcalling.
In building a football video game without a full NFL license, Jeff Anderson discovered his toughest pitch wasn't to investors, but the press. "They'd say, ‘Don't you understand? You're not supposed to be making a football product. That's EA's job.'"