If one had to pick the most popular sporting related video game in the history of the US, the conversation would not take too long to gravitate towards the Madden Football franchise. For over 30 years now, football fans and video gaming fans have found a niche in which to come together and do what they love most, play football, via a video gaming console. This gaming franchise has gone from being another gaming option for kids to being a cultural phenomenon with online betting sites even posting odds and predictions on who will grace the cover every year.
With the effect that this gaming franchise has had on the NFL and the sports industry in itself, let’s count down the ways in which Madden has helped improve the way sports, like football, are lived on a day to day basis.
The Madden Effect, An Influence 31 Years In The Making
If you ask around for stats or anything related to the actual technologies used in the football industry, the NFL for example, you’ll see that fans might not be on point and ready to hit you with some of the answers you’re looking for. Now, ask them who is on the cover of the latest Madden game or who they pick to play with in the game and you’ll see people usually have answers right away. Why do you ask? Simple. Ever since debuting 31 years ago, the John Madden NFL video game franchise took the video gaming world by storm and became sort of an obsession.
For diehard football fans who love being able to have their favorite NFL action on a daily basis, only being able to watch a handful of games per week and for only a fragment of the year can become somewhat of a tedious thought. But with Madden around, this football video game series has become the quintessential answer for all football fans’ prayers. The game has come to help fans and the league come together by having fans learn more and more about the everyday dealings of a football team. This game teaches fans about team management, playbooks, strategizing and other facets of the sport. This game is loved by fans because of the effect it has and there is no real sign of the love going away any time soon.
Madden Has Helped The NFL Stay Relevant With New Generations
One of the main problems that most of the major sporting leagues and organizations in the world face is being able to stay up to date and in touch with the newest technological trends around and how they help being able to fully engage with newer generations of fan bases. While for older fans, nothing will ever beat going to the stadium and watching a game live for younger fans, who have grown up in a world where technology rules everything, Madden has helped them experience football in their own way.
One of the main keys as to why Madden has been able to always stay in touch with their fan bases, young and older and be able to stay on top of the tech game is their consistency. There is a reason why fans still go crazy year in and year out every time that Madden takes out a new version of their game, it’s because they know that they will always get exactly what they are expecting, the best football related video game in the world. This consistency has helped younger fan bases to be in touch with everything that the league and its teams have to offer. Fans are more aware of players in the teams, creating a sort of personal relationship, since while on a weekday you could be playing with Tom Brady, on the weekend you could see Tom Brady actually playing. This ultimately has led to major lines of revenue coming into the league and more and more fans getting their football fix.
Madden Is A Major Player In The Esports Industry
While many people play Madden for fun with their friends live physically or online, the up and coming Esports industry has also taken Madden under their wings. With professional Madden tournaments popping up all around, now football fans are able to actually experience, in their own way, what it’s like to be a football athlete, get ready for a game and go out and do your best to score a win. With the Esports industry in a constant rise, football teams have clearly taken notice and have started to look into the idea of branching out into having their own Esports franchises to represent them in official tournaments, like Madden tournaments.