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Robin Antonick, the original creator of the John Madden #Football series, recently took to #Kickstarter to fund his latest project, Grudge Match: Street Basketball.Grudge Match is an arcade-style #basketball game in development for PC, Mac, Linux and Ouya by Antonick and co-founder Robert Lindsey’s new startup, the +Indie Sports Network (ISN).
According to its website, the ISN’s goal, to “be a disruptive force in the sports gaming industry,” has a lot to do with its Indie Sports League, Market and Gym/Lab systems, which Grudge Match will use. The League is an online multiplayer modeled after Major League Baseball’s farm system, indicating tiered “pro” levels and a leaderboard-style ranking system. ISN describes the Market as a place where players can buy and sell in-game creations “like eBay and iTunes for gamers.”
The Indie Sports Gym and Lab are the part of the ISN’s operation that could cause the “disruption” that Antonick talks about in the project’s Kickstarter pitch. The Lab features a coding and scripting system that allows players to create basketball stars, moves, and other in-game items to sell in the marketplace. Antonick envisions the creation system as a means of turning the players into developers as well, as Grudge Match seems to lean heavily on community-created content.
Grudge Match : Street Basketball will include all the resources of the Indie Sports Network, Indie Sports League, Indie Sports Market, and Indie Sports Gym/Lab – all focused on you as the player and co-creator. It’s all about shining a spotlight on you and your mastery of street basketball and the competitive edge you develop in the Indie Sports Gym/Lab.
The difference – play Grudge Match : Street Basketball and you’ll develop your own legend on and off the court. Why relive someone else’s story when you can build your own? Why play LeBron when you can beat LeBron with the help of your mentors – the great street legends and world renowned experts in the Hard Science of basketball. You’ll see things you’ve never seen before as you gain a competitive edge while developing your “Basketball IQ.”
The Kickstarter project is aiming to raise $500,000 by December 8, and the Indie Sports Network is currently planning to launch the game in late 2014 or early 2015. Antonick has been involved in an ongoing lawsuit with Electronic Arts over alleged unpaid royalties related to his work on the original John Madden Football game. A US District Court jury ruled in favor of Antonick in July, awarding him $11 million.
Reblogged from: joystiq.com