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How Much Will WVU Football Earn from EA Sports College Football 25?

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A WVU fan wears a Homefield jacket at the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Dec. 27, 2023 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

The return of the EA Sports College Football video game series is offering much more than just a sense of nostalgia for schools. In fact, College Football 25 is hitting stores in the midst of a completely different college football landscape than when the last edition of game was released.

In addition to players receiving NIL money for allowing their name, image and likeness to be in the game, each program gets a payout to be in the game as well. The amount each school gets is dependent on performance over the last decade.

The payout amounts and a full breakdown of the tier format with all 134 FBS schools was released on Friday via Cllct Media. And despite a rough stretch under Neal Brown prior to 2023, West Virginia still fell into the Tier 2 group. Tier 2 programs are awarded $59,925.09. Above that level, the 13 selected Tier 1 schools earn $99,875.16 while Tier 3 and 4 schools receive $39,950.06 and $9,987.52, respectively.

EA Sports announced that the long-awaited college football video game will be released on July 19 and confirmed the standard and deluxe covers. The standard edition is available for pre-order $69.99 while the deluxe edition is available for $99.99.

The deluxe edition perks include three-day early access to the game, 4,600 college football points, alma mater ultimate team pack, cover athlete ultimate team pack, “bring glory home” ultimate team pack and Heisman hopeful ultimate team pack.

The standard edition also includes the alma mater ultimate team pack, cover athlete ultimate team pack and the  “bring glory home” ultimate team pack.

It’s been just over a decade since the last edition of the game, but the wait is just about over.

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A Supreme Court ruling in the case of NCAA v. Alston, which directly led to NCAA policy allowing for NIL compensation, was perhaps the biggest catalyst in the return of the games.

Once NIL requirements were satisfied, EA announced that every FBS football player would receive $600 and a copy of the game, which retails at $69.99, for using their name, image and likeness. There were some opt-outs, highlighted by Texas quarterback Arch Manning, but it appears as though every Pitt Panther will be in the game. However, if a player does opt-out, a created player will not be able to be named after said player.

EA Sports worked with One Team Partners to deal with NIL rights and CLC, which is the country’s top college trademark licensing company, allowing over 15,000 current student-athletes to make merchandise deals.

The Compass CLC app allowed all student-athletes to opt in or out of their NIL of the upcoming video game.

There will likely be new game modes added to EA Sports College Football 25, but the usual modes of Dynasty, Road Glory and Ultimate Team will be available.

Even though the status of some stars around the country is unknown, several WVU players have opted into the game, most notably Garrett Greene and Jahiem White.

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