Video Gamers Sue EA Over Exclusive Sports Games

Sports video games are a huge business -- and for many years, it was an extremely competitive space. I remember a few years back trying to wade through half a dozen different baseball video game titles to figure out which one was worth buying. However, a few years back, video game giant EA started signing "exclusive" deals with a variety of sporting leagues, including the NFL. These "exclusive" deals supposedly meant that only EA could produce games with the names and stats of real players -- a huge selling point among most fans. And, of course, in gaining exclusivity, EA has completely cashed in. However, a bunch of angry video gamers are now suing the company for anticompetitive conduct, noting that these exclusive deals killed off all the competition, allowing EA to drastically raise its prices.

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TheHater5646d ago

I hope so also. Then we can bring back the 2K series.

cp685646d ago

I shall pray the mighty lord for EA to lose.

FCOLitsjustagame5646d ago

I was wondering why no one ever sued over this. I would have hopped it would have been a company wanting to compete but having somekind of class action user suit may work too. The exclusive deals are certainly anti-competative and has lessened the quality of these games. (not sure it has raised any prices though, since all games come in at the same price).

Topshelfcheese5646d ago

The reason no one sued over this is because they are going to lose, this won't even see a court date. First off, these people are going after the wrong company. It was the NFL that decided they wanted only one company to make an offical game and had a bidding war for the exclusive licence. You people need to get over your petty hatred of EA and open your eye's. The only way you can stop EA from making Madden every year is to stop BUYING it.

aggh im on fire5645d ago

If they win does that mean we can sue Sony and Microsoft for not putting there so called exclusive games on rival consoles?
This is crazy. They put the licence up for bids and EA won.
Hey maybe i can sue McDonalds for stopping me selling BigMacs or Rockstar for not letting me make GTA games. This is just plain stupid.
If you don't like the game don't buy it. Don't blame EA if your the idiot buying it.

DraconWolfX5645d ago

Your analogies are wrong. The problem is that EA didn't create/invent the NFL. McDonalds invented the Big Mac, Rockstar holds the right to the intellectual creation of GTA. EA didn't invent the NFL. This whole lawsuit SHOULD happen. Madden was $50 before NFL 2k5 came out at $20. EA lowered their price down to $29.99. As soon as they got the exclusive license they raised the price back to $50 (now $60). How is that NOT anti-competitive?

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Top 10 Last Games

Alex S. from Link-Cable writes: "When it comes to video game lineups none get as much as attention as the launch lineup that accompany a new piece of hardware. But what about the last games? That's the topic for this week's Top 10 as we'll be looking at the very last games to grace their respective consoles. "

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PhoenixUp1863d ago

I remember buying FFIX on PSN because I was looking for swan song PS1 titles to enjoy on PS3


Was PlayStation 3 Hard to Develop For?

10 Years Ago This Month: Sony's sales pitch as the powerful system took a hit when EA had to explain why Madden 08 on PS3 was noticeably worse than the Xbox 360 version.

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corroios2313d ago

The cpu was hard to work for 3rd party, butt the cell was really powerfull and fast. It wasnt just pr or secret sauce. Uc2 and killzone 2 were amazing. But 3rd party want money. They also problems with the ram. Only first party was able to make huge jumps from first gen games to second gen. It was an expensive console but the tech was much more powefull at launch then this gen.

TheEnigma3132312d ago

Wasn't this already established in 2006? Online Sony's first party studios took advantage of the cell.

Retroman2312d ago

" was PS3 hard to Develop for?"

Here we go again , they been saying this since mid 2006-2007ish . of course the CPU was hard to work with but the Cell was fast and powerful .
Next year Article : " was PS4 to Easy Develop for ?" slow day in office ?

P.S . over last few years N4G been Repeating same subject matter with Slightly different title, same old subject .
I would hate to be a writer busting my brain to come up with a New lie to draw readers interest end up repeating 2006 article again .

Rude-ro2312d ago

I would not say "hard" to develope... but it went against the norm and it also threatened a well established pc archetype of which many in the pc business was against. Not with ill intent, but to try and change the way digital hardware works... it is huge mountain to climb against a well established pc design.
A lot of third party studios kind of just did not try because they did not want to support the change.
It went beyond just gaming with the backlash of sonys cell design.
Sony has always tried to push innovation and sometimes they miss or go to far against the norm and fail. Like betamax vs VHS. Betamax was the superior hardware but they lost that battle as well.
It is why Microsoft created the competition. They were getting beat in so many ways and their monopoly was getting threatened by everyone. Apple, Google, etc etc. Microsoft had to fight back to try save their dwindling sales. Lose the hardware, you lose the os.


The 5 Best Madden Games of All Time

Madden has a long and storied history, but no doubt, some of the titles were better than others. Here is a look at the 5 best Madden titles to ever release.

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LAWSON722852d ago (Edited 2852d ago )

Damn right... Lol

Anyways my favorite Madden will always be Madden 08. I am not into football these days and is the last time I thought the Redskins had an awesome roster.

Akuma2K2852d ago


NFL2K5 is the best football game ever made, 11 years later it's STILL the #1 standard on how a football game is supposed to be made and looks.

EA still hasn't got clue on how to make a football game after all this time since then, with all the money they make from madden its a crying shame that their game engine is still in the dark ages.

Apollosupreme2852d ago

I think Bon Jovi said it best: "It's all the saaame. Only the names'll chaaaaange".


whitesoxfalife19762852d ago

The madden that went online is my favorite.

Horny2852d ago

While I still think 2K5 is the best as far as Madden goes my three favorites made the list, 02,04,05

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