EA SPORTS PGA TOUR to Include Women’s Major Championship
Electronic Arts Inc and the Ladies Professional Golf Association have announced the next phase of their long-term partnership with plans to bring the LPGA Tour to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR video game. New additions to the game will include The Amundi Evian Championship, one of the LPGA’s five major championships, and more female golfers. For the first time, the LPGA Tour will be experienced in high-fidelity on next-generation consoles and will feature a wide breadth of women’s golfing representation.
Gamers will be able to tee-off as a female golfer at the truest representation of the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-Les-Bains, France, thanks to the power of EA’s Frostbite game engine.
“We’re thrilled that the LPGA Tour is coming back to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR especially with the inclusion of a major global tournament like The Amundi Evian Championship,” said Brian Carroll, the LPGA’s senior vice president of global media distribution. “EA SPORTS has done a great job in continuing to expand female representation in the various modes throughout the game and featuring women’s golf in an authentic and modern way.”
GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster and former pro golfer Iona Stephen will be the first female on-course commentator in the game bringing her experienced insights from both playing professionally and working in golf broadcasting.
“I’m incredibly excited that EA SPORTS PGA TOUR laid out a vision to represent female athletes and the LPGA in the game,” said Iona Stephen, GOLFTV and Sky Sports broadcaster, and EA SPORTS ambassador. “My goal in helping EA is to give women the satisfaction of playing a quality golf game while seeing themselves in a variety of ways that go beyond a handful of female character models.”
The Amundi Evian Championship will be just one of the many additions to EA SPORTS PGA TOUR as a part of EA’s long-term partnership with the LPGA. Players will have the opportunity to play as several female athletes as well as create a female golfer of their own in the newly overhauled Create-A-Player feature. From having the chance to participate in a series of LPGA-themed challenges and amateur tournaments.
Jin Young Ko, winner of the 2019 Amundi Evian Championship said: "Women's golf is growing so fast, and having us included in this game is a great opportunity to reach fans all around the world. I can't wait to see how it turns out - and I can't wait to play the game!"
EA SPORTS PGA TOUR will serve as the first appearance of The Amundi Evian Championship in a videogame as it joins four of golf’s men’s major championships: The Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open Championship. In addition to playing the major championships, golf fans can also live out a legendary career as they authentically compete at THE PLAYERS Championship and FedExCup Playoffs, while experiencing the unique atmosphere and venues of each tournament.
“We are thrilled to continue working with EA SPORTS on its golf franchise to authentically represent the PGA TOUR for the next generation. The newest game will give golf fans another way to experience their favourite sport, or to discover their passion for it,” said PGA TOUR Chief Legal Officer Len Brown.
EA SPORTS PGA TOUR is due to be released in Spring 2022.