Cy Young Award Winner and Tampa Bay Rays’ ace David Price named cover
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 9, 2013--
2K Sports today announced that the Company has reached an agreement with
Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association,
and Major League Baseball Advanced Media to release Major League
Baseball® 2K13, the next iteration of the popular MLB 2K
franchise. MLB 2K13 will be available on March 5, 2013,
for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
2K Sports announced Major League Baseball(R) 2K13 will be available on March 5, 2013, for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We’d like to thank our league partners for their support in helping us
reach an agreement to bring back MLB 2K,” said Jason
Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “We know fans are
extremely passionate about the MLB 2K series and the
Perfect Game Challenge.”
David Price, ace pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, has been selected as
the cover athlete for MLB 2K13. Price was recently named
the American League Cy Young Award winner after posting a 20-5 record
and league-best 2.56 ERA. Price edged out MLB 2K12 cover
athlete Justin Verlander for the honors, and is the third consecutive
reigning Cy Young Award winner to grace the cover of an MLB 2K game.
“It’s a dream come true to appear on the cover of MLB 2K13,”
concluded Price, who helped lead the Rays to their fourth 90-win season
in the last five years. “I’m looking forward to working with the 2K
Sports team again, and welcoming another skilled gamer into ‘The Perfect
The Perfect Game Challenge*, 2K Sports’ groundbreaking $1 million
competition, will also be returning for a fourth consecutive year and
introduce a new contest format with exciting ways to win. Since 2010, 2K
Sports has awarded $3 million in prize money to players exhibiting the
highest caliber of skill in throwing a perfect game in MLB 2K.
Last year’s Perfect Game Challenge achieved record participation
numbers, with nearly 1 million attempts made and more than 1,000 perfect
games registered. The contest was won by 21-year-old Christopher
Gilmore, who prevailed in an eight-person tournament at the MLB FanCave
in New York City. Complete details of this year’s contest will be
announced at a later date.
Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, MLB 2K13
is not yet rated by the ESRB and will be available on March 5,
2013 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system.
For more information on 2K Sports, visit www.2KSports.com.
For more information on MLB 2K13, visit http://www.facebook.com/MLB2K.
2K Sports is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two
Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).
MLB 2K13 ESRB RATING PENDING: Visit www.esrb.org for
*OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 U.S. (D.C.), 13 OR OLDER (EXCLUDING
AZ, CT, MD, ND, & VT). VOID IN AZ, CT, MD, ND, VT.
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milestones, including launching the 2007 Game of the Year - BioShock®;
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2K*; and breaking new ground in the family entertainment
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