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Back in 2012, we reported that anyone who had purchased an NFL, NCAA, or AFL-licensed game could claim compensation as part of a class-action lawsuit. Things just got better for those of you who qualify.
The initial settlement proposal would have awarded $6.79 for GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation title purchases. Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions would have only brought in $1.95 each.
In a revised settlement, those amounts have been increased to $20.37 and $5.85 respectively. Awards top out at a maximum of eight titles with financial caps at $162.96 for last-generation games and $46.80 for more recent versions.
The lawsuit was brought against EA under California antitrust law. The suit alleges that the exclusivity agreements signed by EA with the AFL, NFL, NCAA, and NFL Players Association create an illegal monopoly.
You can read more about the settlement and learn how to claim your share at the Pecover v. Electronic Arts settlement website. Interested parties have until May 15 to opt out, object, or file a claim. We suspect that most of you will be opting for the latter.
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I look at it this way, even though EA bought the rights they should have known they were creating a monopoly and prepared for such actions against them.
EA screwed Bethesda over with Gridiron. It's not a surprise. Anyways, without Bethesda, EA would of never created Madden, it was supposed to be called Gridiron because of the agreement too, but EA broke it.
They still shouldn't earn worst company in the USA.
That sucks. They bought them fair and square.
I understand it's a monopoly, but EA did buy the rights to those games.