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In 2008, a class action lawsuit against Electronic Arts was filed claiming that its exclusive deal to create NFL games was causing the price of NFL games to needlessly rise. Without competition, EA could charge whatever it wanted like a monopoly. That lawsuit has reached a possible settlement.
A $27 million settlement has been proposed that would offer consumers who have purchased Electronic Arts published NFL, NCAA, or AFL licensed games since 2005 small refunds for their purchases. GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 titles could receive up to $6.79 per game, and current generation Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 titles could receive up to $1.95 per game.
The proposed settlement also states that EA will not sign to have AFL exclusivity and will not renew its current NCAA agreement when it expires in two years.
The settlement still needs to be approved by the court, so nothing has been set in stone just yet.
[via Business Wire]
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I would love some cash
Personally i liked the espy football games better than the madden games when they still made them. I'm glad to see that they won't allow the monopoly over professional football games to hurt the gamer.
So, what we have here is a long drawn out court case which has resulted in nothing changing about EA or their exclusive NFL rights but has given a pittance to a few gamers.
the only winners here are the lawyers and their paychecks.
Ok, but how are you supposed to actually get this money? Do you need the original receipt? Some sort of proof of activation of an online pass? Is EA going to voluntarily go through their servers to try to find everyone that played those games?
The article doesn't say who is making the proposed settlement. If it's the plaintiff, the proposed settlement is because EA has responded and told them where to stick their case.
But if it was EA, then that's a different story (and then there is probably more to this story). I would be surprised that EA would even want to settle because this is only a case if they actually charged more for NFL titled games than the common market price for similar games - which they haven't. $59 like everyone else. There would have to be more they had to defend against. As the article reads, anyway, that's what they are defending against, so it doesn't seem to be much of a case.
EA needs competition, and I was pissed when they got the contract agreement. NFL2k was really catching on, and were starting to make a very solid football game. Would be nice to have more companies pushing for a better product, so us the consumer doesn't get screwed over.
What are they basing this off of? What is their proof that EA has caused the price of NFL games to needlessly rise?
how have the prices risen? all new games are 60 dollars
I don't get it, they charge the same as all games do...
Someone really needs to explain how EA is the only one to blame for the NFL's exclusive deal. It takes two to sign a contract and the NFL deals are almost all single vendor. Direct TV (Sunday Ticket), Nike (uniforms), Ridel (helmets) for example all have exclusive deals.
After all, the NBA was offered similar deals and turned them down. Even MLB only offered multi-platform exclusive rights.
this article is a little confusing being how all games are 60$. however if you look at the last 2k sports nfl licenced game [ 2k5 ] it was only 19.99$ brand new. if you think about it madden has seen little to no improvement since 2008 yet they charge a full price. maybe this is what they are talking about.
nfl 2k5 was only 19.99$ brand new back in 05.
sorry it needed to be said twice
Looks like I may be able to play football again yes sue those BASTARDS
I wonder why the Gamecube Xbox and PS2 games get a lot more money.
Nice. I would be getting back some money then!