PGA Tour 2K: Tiger Woods will be present exclusively, with a new multi-year agreement

PGA Tour 2K: Tiger Woods will be present exclusively, with a new multi-year agreement

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2K has signed an agreement with Tiger Woods which ensures the exclusive presence of the famous golf champion within the company's games, in particular as regards the PGA Tour 2K series, currently in the PGA Tour 2K21 chapter.

The agreement signed between 2K Sports and Tiger Woods is valid for several years, so the exclusive relationship will probably extend to various chapters of the series. With this comes the definitive acquisition of the HB Studios team by 2K, the authors of PGA Tour 2K21 and The Golf Club series, so it is clear how the label intends to focus on golf in the future. >
Tiger Woods will therefore appear exclusively in both PGA Tour 2K and in any other golf game developed and published by 2K, at least for the next few years, with the golfer also having the role of Executive Director and development consultant of these video games, thus also playing an active role in terms of development.

"I can't wait to make my return to the video game scene, and with 2K and HB Studios, I have found the right companions for do it, "Tiger Woods said in an official statement. "I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge for the future of golf video games."

For the occasion, 2K also reported that PGA Tour 2K21 has achieved "nearly 2 million copies" in terms of sales, which further prompted the publisher to acquire the HB Studios team.


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Tiger Woods’ days of lighting up the links and drawing roars from the gallery may be on hold while he recuperates from a car accident that caused a commuted open fracture in his right leg. But convalescence hasn’t dulled the big cat’s ability to announce business deals.

While it remains an open question as to when or even if the 11-time PGA Tour Player of the Year will make his return to competitive golf, his likeness will assuredly continue rack up wins for years to come in video game action. Tiger Woods has inked an exclusive long-term deal with Take Two Interactive Software Inc., the publisher of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption, to star in their PGA Tour 2K franchise.

The 45-year-old hasn’t putted or fist pumped in pixels since 2013 when Electronic Arts EA ended their partnership with the golf icon who was the namesake of their popular PGA Tour video game series for fifteen years. Two years after parting ways with Woods, EA released Rory McIlroy PGA Tour for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Reviews were mixed and they haven’t released a new golf game since.  

'I am looking forward to making my return to the video game landscape, and with 2K and HB Studios, I’ve found the right partners to make it happen,' Woods said in a statement that may have been prepared before his rollover accident. 'I’m honored to take part in this opportunity and look forward to sharing my expertise and insights as we build the future of golf video games together.'

“In golf, there is no bigger icon than Tiger Woods. Like the rest of the world, we were saddened to hear of his recent accident, and we wish him a full and smooth recovery,” David Ismailer, President of 2K, said in a statement. “We have been eager to announce our partnership with Tiger, whose legendary career has transcended the sport. We are thrilled to have him join our PGA TOUR 2K series as an Executive Director.

2K also announced today that they have reached an agreement to acquire HB Studios Multimedia Ltd, the privately-held Nova Scotia based console, mobile, and PC game company who developed PGA Golf 2K21 and its 2019 predecessor, The Golf Club. Financial terms of both deals as well as the length of the multiyear contract Woods signed with Take-Two Interactive TTWO were not disclosed.

Players Championship winner Justin Thomas was the cover athlete of PGA Tour 2K21, the last iteration of the game. Playable tour stops included the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook and the Tour Championship at East Lake.