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If you're one of the millions who've bought a Madden NFL title or other EA Sports football game since 2005, you're eligible to join the class action lawsuit against the company.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oakland Division (what? A football lawsuit in Oakland that doesn't involve Al Davis? Weird) has certified class action status to a lawsuit originally filed in 2008 (Pecover v. Electronic Arts) alleging that EA Sports' exclusive NFL/NFLPA deal for the Madden franchise has caused gamers to be overcharged. Anyone who has bought an EA Sports Madden NFL, NCAA, or Arena Football title since January 1, 2005 is eligible to join the lawsuit.
The crux of the lawsuit is this: Before Electronic Arts secured the exclusive NFL/NFLPA deal in 2004, rival 2K Sports was charging only $20 for NFL 2K5. EA Sports countered this by lowering the price of Madden NFL 2005 twice to $30 (at the time, most new video games were $50). When the NFL deal was struck and the 2K franchise ceased making games, EA brought its price tag back up to $50. According to the lawsuit the exclusivity deal was an anticompetitive action that caused a seventy percent increase in the price of the games and left the public with no alternative.
This is just one of the many EA Sports lawsuits currently on courthouse dockets at the moment, including:
For more info, check out the court documents here.
[Thanks for the news tip from Chris K.]
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Now how would one prove that they bought any of the games without receipts? I have purchased 3 Madden titles since 2005, and subsequently traded them in. Not that I really care because it wasn't that big of a deal to me to pay full price for the titles.
It's probably true, but so what?
Madden is getting EA into all sorts of legal trouble, just stop making it
I just joined. I have bought every single madden since 2002 and I have bought NCAA some years. I want my money back.
good. EA deserves to pay through the nose for its indiscretions.
I think this lawsuit is very legitimate. EA is clearly monopolizing the NFL franchise via video games.
Hopefully it'll bring more creativity to the table like 2k does with its basketball games.
That Developer deserves his share of dough. Millions he earned haven't been given to him?
I just got an email about this informing me that I could join this class action suit against EA. Finally a way to possibly get back some the money that i feel was an unwarranted price for the quality of the game me and many others have been forced to pay if we wanted to play a football game at all. Its about time EA Sports pays for their monopolizing ways
i think they can charge whatever they want as far as price, its their product so that is their right. but i do think that owning the NFL Licence is unfair for other developers who want to make football games. Why would anyone want to buy a football game without professional teams in it?
It also hurts the evolution of football games if EA has no competition.
Correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm not law savvy. But according to the e-mail I got, I can be liable for court costs if I do not exclude myself from this lawsuit? So am I just automatically on the bandwagon with this thing?
I had bought EA football games for my ex, he always traded them in and got the newer football games each year (er, myself being the purchaser), and now I'm stuck with this lawsuit?!
I bought Madden 08 used for $2. Does that count?
Am I the only person who sees no problem in actually paying for a game? Most new releases are $60. $50 you should be thankful for. It's their game, their product, and it should be their price. $50 should be completely reasonable. Now if they made the only football games ever and were charging $70+ per game, that would be monopolizing. This is just marketing 101, less harsh competition, you can jack your prices back to normal instead of losing all the profit. Just my two cents.
Of course $60 is too much for these games. Most of it is just copy and paste from previous titles.
This is only going to get worse