Submitted by ftwrthtx 835d ago | news

EA Loses in Madden Lawsuit Verdict – Jury Rules Statute of Limitations Has Not Run

A jury in U.S. District Court today ruled in favor of Robin Antonick, the original designer and developer of Electronic Arts’ (NASDAQ: EA) best-selling Madden NFL Football games. (Madden '10, Madden 11, Madden 12, Madden 13, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360)

US8F  +   835d ago
ouch, how many millions do EA owe Robin Antonick?
$200 million in revenues for games released between 1990 and 1996

Damages relating to 1997-2013 games will be tried in a subsequent phase of the trial. (I suspect $600 million more, just averaging out)


EA is going to have to compensate 800 million dollar's worth!. Who wants to bet the next big EA title would be pay to win?
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-Mika-  +   835d ago
This is not a good thing, That is alot of money. This could lead to alot of game cancellations and like you said. Alot of DLC. Gamers should not be happy about this. This could possibly destroy the biggest third party publisher in gaming.
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THamm  +   835d ago
Well they pulled exclusive NFL deals and all kinds of anti competition pay outs, they need to change their ways and make better games, and the greedy NFL should too because they are next with the concussion lawsuits. Face it, Madden is boring and always has been, bring back 2k, Tecmo, heck even Konami
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Theyellowflash30  +   835d ago
I don't mind EA going down one bit.
pixelsword  +   835d ago
They should have paid him when they had the chance. I don't care if this cancels all of their games and they close for good, you pay a man when they earn the money.
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Enigma_2099  +   834d ago
*plays wold's tiniest violin...*

Let's look back on how EA has treated employees, gamers, and competitors over the years. The only thing that would make this better is if they got Activision too.

Want some tissue?
ZeroX9876  +   834d ago
Titanfall, battlefield 4 and plants vs zombies 2 seems to be amazing games. I hate what they did with most of their sports franchises, but they're still doing some good stuff here and there.

losing the sports franchise exclusivity would be great. I'd like to see competitors effort in sports franchises, like sony is doing with MLB and 2K with NBA 2KXX series.
noctis_lumia  +   834d ago
which is good
EA can go fck themself
dedicatedtogamers  +   835d ago
Looks like EA Sports...


...just got blitzed.
porkChop  +   835d ago
Clearly you didn't read the article very well.

"The jury will determine what to award Antonick in allegedly unpaid royalties from more than $200 million in revenues for games released between 1990 and 1996"

EA made $200m in TOTAL between '90 and '96 off of the Madden series. Antonick isn't getting paid $200m. He's going to get a smaller percentage of that money, not the whole thing.
iceman06  +   834d ago
He'll get paid that percentage. But then there is always the "damages", if sued for, which could very well be that $200 million mark. Juries LOVE to punish big companies for trying to get over on the "little" guy.
ftwrthtx  +   835d ago
Antonick might be seeing hundreds of millions of dollars with this.
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knifefight  +   835d ago
Plus 10 more every time someone plays online!
pixelsword  +   834d ago
I hope so.
NYC_Gamer  +   835d ago
i hope dude wins the case if EA is at fault
-Mika-  +   835d ago
Why would you want him to win. This could seriously damage them. If this guys win hundreds of millions of dollars. This could lead to alot of game cancellations. As a gamer, You should not want that.
DragonKnight  +   835d ago
Who cares about EA? They are a blight on the industry. They think their size grants them power over everything and everyone. It'd be sad for the people who were the working class stiffs losing their jobs, but I don't give a damn about the greedy executive losers responsible for trying to screw everyone over.
Sarobi  +   835d ago
"Why would you want him to win"

If EA is at fault than they deserve to pay up. So what if a few games get cancelled?.. you can't just screw people over the money you owe them.
MrSwankSinatra  +   835d ago
first off business is business, if EA owed me money i'd sue their asses too. if EA has to cancel games, they should've thought of that before not paying people they owe in the first place.
rainslacker  +   834d ago
He won't get hundreds of millions of dollars. Learn to read, and read what was written. Total revenues for the games were around $200 million, this guy won't be getting all that.

Also, I'm a gamer. But I also believe companies should pay what they agree to pay. If they didn't, then they should be sued.

I'm all for more games getting made, but that doesn't mean I'm going to say a company should do whatever they damn well please, all while screwing the guys that did the work.

Your so concerned about the developer? Well this guy was one of them. He did the work. Now he deserves to be paid.
iceman06  +   834d ago
Because he DESERVES it!!! Screw the damage and don't think that cancellations will come from this. There is a fund that most companies have just for these things.
Software_Lover  +   835d ago
This is not going to end well.
badboy776  +   835d ago
Does this mean NFL 2K is back???????????
ftwrthtx  +   835d ago
It would be nice if someone could compete with EA. Not much new is added every year for Madden and having someone else putting out a game might force their hand a bit.
dedicatedtogamers  +   835d ago
I'd love to see Sony or SEGA do a Football game. SEGA has the pedigree (or does that studio belong to someone else now?) and Sony has been doing baseball for quite a long time.
THamm  +   835d ago
SEGA was the pub, Visual Concepts are the devs. They are owned by Take Two and are the makers of 2K sports games
ftwrthtx  +   835d ago
If they could use the MLB: The Show team and engine for an NFL title, I'm pretty sure it would be the best on the market.
punisher99  +   835d ago
You know Sony used to do football games. Remember NFL Gameday on the PS1? That was from 989 studios which was one of their 1st party studios.
Rainstorm81  +   835d ago
Punisher you beat me to it ...game day on ps1 was my go to football game
iceman06  +   834d ago
@ftwrthtx...I'd rather let the Visual Concepts (2K Sports) guys run the show. Their games were excellent and still stand up pretty well today.
ftwrthtx  +   834d ago
@iceman As long as it's not the team behind the MLB 2K series. Those games don't even come close to The Show.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   834d ago
I hope and pray it does. Madden is proof of what lack of competition does to the industry.
badboy776  +   834d ago
Yes and No. EA bought the licensed NFL they didn't earn it. Unlike how NBA 2K made NBA Live stop production and start from scratch.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   834d ago
You are agreeing with me. Madden has no competition at all due to NFL license exclusivity and thus now we have lack luster Madden games every year because they have no one to push them to do their best.

On the other hand NBA2K at the moment has no competition, but that's only due to them ACTUALLY COMPETING in the first place with the end result being them having a superior product to sole competitor in Live. This lead Live to essentially quit for two years in an attempt to finally make a product that can out due NBA2K. That is what I call competition.

Thanks to EA NFL monopoly, 2K or any dev for that matter can't make a competing product at all even if they wanted to.

There is a difference between have no competition because nobody is allowed to compete and having no competition due to just being so damn good.
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dale1  +   835d ago
titan fall coming to ps4 confirmed
ftwrthtx  +   835d ago
So is EA the titan that is falling, then?
thehitman  +   835d ago
Doubt it think EA would rather take M$ day one money then bet on playstation gamers to buy a new IP that is multiplayer only.
iceman06  +   834d ago
EA would rather make as much money as humanly possible. That would be to sell to as many consoles as possible as soon as possible.
Soldierone  +   834d ago
Microsoft paid them a few million to keep it exclusive. It'll hit PS4 later, then EA will get a sales boost again, along with Microsofts money still in their pocket.

All they have to do is pretend the game can only run on Xbox One for the time being. (yet it somehow is releasing on 360 without an issue)
thehitman  +   835d ago
A lot of money but dont think this would hurt EA in terms of their development process of current and future games. They wouldnt have to pay it all at once and EA probably has more of a bank then you guys think. Article said madden made Billions during that time, couple hundred million that they said is owed to him is nothing in terms of the development cost it takes to make a single madden which is a probably only a few million dollars.
Omegasyde  +   835d ago
He is getting a percentage and unfortunately, this probally means EA will now try to put in micro-transactions into each future version of Madden to offset cost.

"The lawsuit claims that EA failed to pay millions of dollars in royalties owed to Antonick and He is getting a share"

Or they could just rebrand the next NFL title and consider naming it something else like NFL 2014.

Unfortunately this doesn't have anything to do with their current NFL monopoly which I blame more on the NFL commissioner than EA.
iceman06  +   834d ago
Madden has been micro-transacting (is that a word...lol) for the last couple of years. People can pay for boosters for the created players. People spend actual money on virtual card packs to play Ultimate Team. As for the rebrand, it would be hard to just rename because the suit is about EA Madden and "derivative works". It's hard to make a football game without it being "derivative". I also hate the fact that the NFL was so short-sighted with that continued monopoly. The only real option in that is to go at the collusion angle (which there were documents that hinted at collusion during supposed "auction"). But, who has enough money to take on EA and the NFL!?!?
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Xristo  +   834d ago
Hmmmm .... EA falls and CDProjektRED buys ALL it's property. GAMERS WIN!!! One can dream... ;)
ZeekQuattro  +   834d ago
Couldn't of happened to a better company. Stay sleazy EA!
STEWIE_PLAY_PS4  +   834d ago
2k bring back :)
Soldierone  +   834d ago
People always trying to be given money by bigger companies or more successful people..... so sad.

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