In a video games auction which ran for two consecutive days last month, a copy of "John Madden Football" sold for $480,000. The amount, much over what Mut 22 coins the original video game's price initially, set a new world record for the highest amount ever paid for a sports-related video game, according to Heritage Auctions.
"This specific copy of the auction is especially unusual because it's coming from the offices of its famous namesake," the auction house says. Part of the proceeds goes to Heritage Auctions to a charitable foundation named in honor of Madden.
The John Madden Football video game franchise earned over $7 billion of earnings, according to the New York Times. The first season of the series began in 1988 before being renamed to just "Madden." NFL Network even had a program devoted to the video game "Madden NFL Live." It has become the second most popular sports video game in history, trailing soccer-themed shows like FIFA.
If you're not familiar with it, a new version of "Madden" is released each year sporting a different player on the cover. The most recentedition, Madden 22, featured players like quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes. With each new version the player's ratings are revealed for real-life NFL players, who you can play as in the game.
The auction held in January made nearly $5 million. That figure also includes the sales of cheapest madden 22 coins other notable games.