Virtual Katz Writes: We are underway in the NCAA Tournament, kicking off tonight with the first round play-in games coming and going and the real fun is about to begin. What better way to celebrate the kick off of the greatest basketball of the year than to figure out why we haven’t had a way, as gamers, to pay homage to the hardwood classic. We, up until the 2011 season, had a yearly release from Electronic Arts, and up until 2008 had a competitor in a 2K series as well.
Checks in the mail for NCAA student-athletes for likeness rights video game lawsuit settlement, firm seeking W-9 information from class members
In many ways, this past console generation was a brutal one for sports video games. While other genres flourished, sports gamers were subjected to an irreversible thinning of the herd, losing MLB 2K, 2K Sports football, NHL 2K, both NCAA basketball franchises, and seeing arcade sports games all but vanish. Competition, which breeds innovation, is weaker than ever. But that’s not to say some standout games didn’t arrive as well.
Today a U.S. court of appeals handed down a ruling in the high-profile case against Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) over the use of student-athletes’ likenesses in video games, gutting Electronic Arts’ claim that the practice is protected by the First Amendment.