According to Cowen Group analyst Doug Creutz, EA's Tiger Woods video game franchise may have been "permanently damaged" by the professional golfer's much publicised sex scandal.

First month sales across all Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 formats are down 68 per cent compared to the launch of last year's game, and Creutz believes Woods' personal life is partially to blame.

"Although this is probably due in part to the fact that last year's version shipped bundled with Nintendo's new Motion Plus controller, we are concerned that Woods' scandal woes may have permanently damaged the sales potential of what we believe to be EA's third most important sports franchise, behind Madden and FIFA," explained Creutz.

It's not just Tiger's game suffering declining sales: Skate 3 is also said to be 40 per cent off the pace of Skate 2, and Green Day: Rock Band has managed to shift only 82,000 copies across three platforms.

Via Gamasutra