All Elite Wrestling was founded in 2019 and has since become the main competitor for WWE.
While not at the same level as WWE’s premiere shows Raw and Smackdown, it regularly beats NXT in the ratings.
AEW was founded by “The Elite”, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega, and The Young Bucks.
As with any prominent wrestling company, a video game is inevitable.
AEW Trademarks For Video Games
On October 23rd, All Elite Wrestling applied for various trademarks including “AEW Games”.
This has fuelled speculation that an AEW game could be announced soon.
The game is already being worked on, with referee Aubrey Edwards acting as a developer.
Full details of what the trademarks can be used for can be found below.
International Class 09: Video game discs; Downloadable game software; Downloadable video game programs; Downloadable computer game software; Downloadable electronic game software; Downloadable interactive game software; Downloadable video game software; Recorded video game programs; Recorded video game software
International Class 041: Providing a website featuring entertainment information in the field(s) of gaming and wrestling; Entertainment services, namely, providing online video games; Entertainment services, namely, providing temporary use of non-downloadable video games; Production of video and computer game software; Providing a website featuring non-downloadable game software; Providing online non-downloadable game software; Provision of information relating to electronic computer games provided via the Internet.
Along with “AEW Games” the company also trademarked “Elite General Manager (GM)”.
This could hint at a general manager mode, something that was highly-popular in the Smackdown vs Raw series of WWE games.
Multiple AEW Games
The 2 games that they are looking to release is a general wrestling game, which they want to be the "best in class", as well as a General Manager game, similar to Total Extreme Wrestling.
No Mercy Clone?
In past interviews, Kenny Omega has stated that he would like to license the AKI engine to create an AEW video game.
The AKI engine was the engine used in popular wrestling games such as WWF No Mercy & Wrestlemania 2000, as well as WCW/NWO World Tour & WCW/NWO Revenge.
Despite those games being released on the N64 during the late 90s and early 2000s, the games still have a cult following and are regarded as some of the best wrestling games of all time.
When asked about the AKI engine, Cody Rhodes responded on Twitter saying,
"It would be cool to see a use of this game engine again, but with a modern roster."
In an interview with Conrad Thomson at Starrcast, Kenny Omega stated that he is making "it my mission to bring back the AKI engine."
General Manager Game
The GM mode from the old Smackdown vs Raw games is highly regarded and a feature fans have been asking to return for many years.
Manager games have been popular for many years, most notably the Football Manager series of games.
Sapp said that this game will be separate to the classic AEW game and will allow players to become the GM of All Elite Wrestling.
"Specifically he says a game that lets them be the GM of AEW as a separate one from the console game."