EA offers bigger payouts in extended $27m football monopoly settlement

Claimants are now eligible for almost three times as much per any EA football title purchased between 2005 and 2012.

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New terms in the long-running Pecover vs. Electronic Arts lawsuit have extended the time those affected will be allowed to make a claim for monetary reimbursement, as well as offering claimants almost three times the amount.

The original cut-off date for the football-related lawsuit was March 5, but more time is being made available because a lower-than-anticipated number of claims have been made.

Customers who have purchased any Madden, NCAA Football, or Arena Football game between 2005 and 2012 will be eligible for reimbursement in the settlement.

Owners of last-gen football titles will receive $20.37 per game, while current-gen titles will pay out $5.85 a piece. These figures are up from the previously offered $6.79 and $1.95, respectively.

If total claims exceed $27m then the payout figure will be adjusted. Any leftover money from the settlement, which previously would have been donated to gaming charity Child's Play, will now go to the US federal government.

In July 2012, EA agreed a settlement of $27 million for the long-running class-action lawsuit, which alleged the company's licensing agreements "monopolized an alleged market for interactive football software."

The class action lawsuit had been running for four years, and the settlement covered EA's licenses for the NCAA Football and Arena Football series of games.

Licenses pertaining to EA's long-running Madden franchise are not affected.

As part of the proposed settlement, there will be a five-year ban on exclusive licenses between EA and both the NCAA and Arena Football after the current contracts expire in 2014.

"We made a business decision to settle this lawsuit and put the matter behind us. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the NFL and NCAA," said an EA representative to GameSpot at the time.

EA's last Arena Football title--Arena Football: Road to Glory--was published in 2007, and the last non-EA NCAA title was made by Sega in 2002.

Discussion

60 comments
kingisaactheiv
kingisaactheiv

Lack of Competition is why Madden has been the same trash every year. If you are a fan of the NFL 2K series or Madden, this is a win win. Hopefully, this means quality Football games will be made in the near future

gtandiono
gtandiono

ea taking more and more punches by the week

silvergol
silvergol

EA GONNA WIN............

Sorry!.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

People, get your money!  EA deserves it!

gamist
gamist

I'm on the same boat with the rest of you guys waiting on 2K to make the next football game. I, too, haven't played a single football game since 2k1. 

Awwww damn it, now I'm all sad just thinking about it.

mouseteeth
mouseteeth

This is the best news I've heard in my life. NFL 2K15 YESSSSSSS.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

In my own opinion,  those EA sport games are very bored expect for sport cars game.  Twisted Metal > EA sport car games.  Please focus on making new games just like shooting, RPG, etc. What a wasted of money!

Celiria_Rose
Celiria_Rose

The people who say ea are monopolizing virtual football are idiots. You can't have a monopoly on a brand. The NFL CHOSE to sell the rights exclusively to ea and the league has the full right to do so the same way they do with certain clothing labels. Also their owning the rights doesn't seem to stop  backbreaker , All pro football, and blitz the league from existing so clearly they aren't preventing virtual football games from being made.

So they aren't monopolizing virtual football.

And there is nothing illegal about the nfl choosing to only allow one company to use their brand.

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

I had no idea this was even going on. I want my damn money. And c'mon 2K let's get back to making some football games

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Now to take care of their monopoly of the NFL license so 2K can come back and I can end my boycott and play football again.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Karma just took a big ole bite out of EA's ass.

iMpLuX
iMpLuX

How do you file a claim? I bought every PS2 Madden from '06 (McNabb cover) thru '12 (Hillis cover) for PS2. I haven't bought a next or now current gen Madden game. So does anyone know how to file a claim? Did I need to 'register' the game w/ that pamphlet that came in the instruction booklet? I always traded in last year's Madden for the new one so I only have '12 left...

Vodoo
Vodoo

The NFL license is the one they should have to stop. The NCAA is peanuts compared to Madden. And Arena football??? Seriously? Nobody gives two shits about Arena football, even EA. So the lawsuit makes them give up exclusivity where it doesn't really matter. Fuck EA and fuck the NFL for signing that long term deal with them. 2K Football FTW!

Vodoo
Vodoo

I believe you have to supply receipts to make a claim. Who the hell saves a game receipt that long?!! When I buy a new game I throw out the receipt within a few days because you can't return open software.

walders
walders

Dang it, the last one I bought was in 2004!

voidhawk2000
voidhawk2000

So is it possible that EA would have to relinquish their exclusivity rights in the soccer franchise somewhere in the near future too? Maybe then Konami will be able to compete properly with all proper team names etc.

Here's holding thumbs to that! Being an ex PES fan I have gone to the dark side with fifa and must say - it is really good!  PES doesn't come close nowadays unfortunately :( - it feels too shallow for want of a better word. Good luck to all you NFL football gamers - I hope this works out for the best! EA have screwed up so many good titles over the last few years, that any victory over them in this vein is a welcome victory!


Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

Just filed my claim. Should be getting $60 if those numbers above are correct. Spending it on the next big Nintendo title. You know, games that come out of the box fully polished and don't suck balls. F_U_ C_ K You very much EA. Madden blows now. Let someone else make it.

blackothh
blackothh

I could not care less about this except for the statement about leftover money is no longer going to childsplay charity, but instead going into some politicians pocket. why?

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

One thing I never do is play sports game, I mean why pay EA to play, when I can just go outside and play for free.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

They're doing it wrong.  I stopped buying football titles when EA bought the.. "exclusivity"

The ones who SHOULD be getting payouts?  Any who bought 2K football titles and then nothing since the monopoly.

I made my voice heard with my wallet, so now I'm a spectator / cheerleader in All of This.  And I'm applauding with zeal.

RoadStar1602
RoadStar1602

This exclusive license has been bad for gaming, and if you had asked me when it first came about I said the same thing. Stifling competition is never good for anything. You end up with a mediocre product. 

kuda001
kuda001

What about the FIFA license? I think having two or more holders would create the competition and creativity the game needs. 

Krahze
Krahze

I want 2K to make NFL games. Look how amazing NBA2K13 is!!

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Can anyone explain the sudden decision for leftover monies to go into government pockets instead of a charity? Why and how was that decision made?

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

Can you read it is a settlement ea done lost the case. I filed a claim but something tells me this is only for CA residents.

Nishua
Nishua

@mouseteeth I hope what you post is true it would be a great day for all football lovers. Now if we could only get those dumb Madden consumers stop buyiing a crappy product just for one yet we'd all be happy the following. 

Celiria_Rose
Celiria_Rose

@mouseteeth you realize this has no impact on the nfl license. The only licenses they are losing are the ncaa and arena football. Their deal with the nfl is going to stay in place.

Dareitus
Dareitus

@Celiria_Rose If that was true EA wouldn't have settled. They know there is at least a chance a court would find them guilty, so taking the settlement at least lets them finish the current contract and doesn't endanger any other potential "monopolies" they have on other brands. It's not so much because they were worried they might lose NFL, but because if they lost then every other game company with a missed sponsorship deal would start suing them over other products or brands they "monopolize" 

simplesurf7
simplesurf7

@Arther-la-Blunt I had no idea either. I still have no idea why the NFL would make such a deal in the first place. The last NFL game I've owned was by 2k sports.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

@Vodoo I was thinking the same thing. Probably why EA is willing to pay more because they damn for sure no that very few people have receipts from that long ago. Especially one for games.

seemanrun
seemanrun

@voidhawk2000 Remember it isn't only EA that signs the agreement.  The NFL has exclusive deals with a lot of companies.  Think jersey's, braodcasting, official merchandise.  They like the exclusive deal because they get more out of it.  EA might not have even wanted the exclusive deal but the NFL may have said if they don't sign an exclusive agreement, they might go to 2K and try to sign an exclusive agreement.  An exclusive agreement may be worth more to the NFL than 2 non exclusive agreements since it should guarantee the game maker more revenue. 

NightDrifter05
NightDrifter05

@Stonecutters908 Hope you have receipt to prove your purchased the game. It's not going on good faith, you will be required to have proof of purchase.

Zerabp
Zerabp

@blackothh not just some politician unfortunately pretty much all of them...

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

@Grimkillah Wow, You actually get to go outside and play with all pro athletes, in packed stadiums, and with referees. Nice! Do you have a draft outside also? 

CREDIBLE316
CREDIBLE316

@Krahze Yeah, but look how awful mlb2k13 is and they quit making hockey games.

Celiria_Rose
Celiria_Rose

@Dareitus @Celiria_Rose you really don't understand the law system. Them settling doesn't mean squat other than it would be less expensive to pay off the settlement than it would be to pay the continued court costs.

You can't have a monopoly on a brand. This is a fact. Otherwise Nike, McDonalds, Walmart, and pretty much every brand in existence would be guilty as well. Every brand holds exclusive rights to their brand and who can make it. Not just anyone can make Nike shoes, not just anyone can make bethesda games, etc, etc. If they were preventing people from making football games then yes it would be a monopoly. They aren't. Multiple football games have been made since they got the rights and more will be made in the future.

You can have a monopoly over a market (which in this case would be football video games). You can't have a monopoly over a brand in that market.