Report: WWE Eying Possible Split From 2K Games

What's next for WWE games?

On the eve of the release of WWE 2K22, a new report indicates that WWE's deal with Take-Two Interactive (the parent company of 2K Sports) could be coming to an end.

In addition, sources have claimed that WWE has held talks with Electronic Arts, and are considering moving their video game titles to EA.

The report comes from Mike Straw, via Fightful Select, who claims that 2K22 is seen as a "make or break" release for the series. The latest deal between WWE and 2K was signed in 2016, believed to be a six-year deal with an option to continue.

Recent WWE titles have been met with scathing reviews, in particular 2K20. Should 2K22 fail to meet expectations, a deal between WWE and EA would appear more likely.

One source said, "WWE has shown a lot of frustration with the reception and lack of success of recent games. The gaming market is a major selling point for them, and they believe they’ve fallen behind the competition."

The report goes on to claim that WWE feels their games have been given less development resources than other 2K titles, such as the annual NBA series. Reportedly, the budget for WWE's games have dropped annually since the release of 2K15.

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