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  • Blog Post: EA Has Billion Dollar Hopes For Ultimate Team And Other Extras This Year

    Each quarter, we report on EA’s success with post-launch monetization of its sports franchises. The Ultimate Team model gives the publisher an in-road to wallets in way that doesn’t impact the core experience, but offers fantasy fans a way to build their own club. It’s big business... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Do Important Sporting Events Draw You To Sports Games?

    With the hockey and basketball playoffs now over and the World Cup in full swing, we wonder if you've been drawn back to the games that represent the sports. I have a confession. Usually after a few months of intense play, I'll cool off on sports games. What always draws me back in? When a big... More
  • Blog Post: Seattle's Richard Sherman Named Madden 15 Cover Athlete

    Seattle Seahawk's cornerback Richard Sherman has more to talk smack about. The vocal athlete was just named Madden 15's cover athlete, so prepare to see his fierce face on game shelves later this summer. Madden fans were able to vote for their favorite NFL star to be the face for Madden this... More
  • Blog Post: EA And Student-Athletes Reach Preliminary Settlement In NCAA Likeness Case

    Attorneys representing uncompensated student-athletes in the case brought against Electronic Arts over their likeness are saying they are ready to approve a settlement. This means the student-athletes who appeared in Electronic Arts college sports games without any compensation could be getting some... More
  • Blog Post: A Lot Of EA Games Are Going Offline Next Month

    Earlier today, we reported on how Capcom is handling the shutdown of the Gamespy service. Electronic Arts has also put out an official release, and the online status of many of their games is to be discontinued next month. Here's the full list of online shutdowns on June 30, courtesy of Electronic... More
  • Blog Post: You Can Vote For Madden NFL 15's Cover Athlete Now

    During the draft last night, Electronic Arts announced details about how fans will help determine which athlete graces the cover of the upcoming installment of Madden NFL. As in previous years , all of the potential athletes are arranged in a bracket, and fans can vote once per day. To chime in with... More
  • Blog Post: Thursday's NFL Draft Pick Players Will Be Available To Play In Madden NFL 25 Ultimate Team

    On Thursday May 8 as players are slected as part of the 2014 NFL Draft, they will become available for play in Madden NFL 25. According to a post on Madden NFL 25's official website , Electronic Arts revealed that all 32 first round picks will be available to play in Madden NFL 25 Ultimate Team.... More
  • Blog Post: EA's Ultimate Team Rakes In $380 Million

    EA's Ultimate Team offerings continue to be a big hit with sports fans, with Madden's version of the card-collecting mode seeing huge growth. EA's fourth-quarter financial results reveal that the Ultimate Team modes across EA Sports' series generated $380 million for fiscal year 2014... More
  • Blog Post: Article Shows NFL's Influence On Madden's Features

    A new article details some of the previously unknown ways in which the NFL influence the content of EA Sports' Madden franchise. The article, published on Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard, details eight features that the NFL had EA Sports remove from Madden. These include excessive celebrations,... More
  • Blog Post: Court Overturns Ruling In Madden Creator’s Case Against EA

    Electronic Arts has scored a legal victory in its defense against John Madden Football creator Robin Antonick. Last July, Antonick was awarded more than $11 million in damages on his claim that EA had used his intellectual property without permission . Yesterday, U.S. district judge Charles Breyer overturned... More
  • Blog Post: Man Applies For College Coaching Job Based On Extensive Madden Experience

    In what is surely a well-crafted jest, West Virginia football fan Christopher McComas has applied to coach the University of North Dakota football team. His cover letter and PowerPoint resume reference his longtime fandom and keen skills at video game pigskin. The Grand Forks Herald printed McComas’... More
  • Blog Post: Settlement Checks From Madden And NCAA Monopoly Suit Arriving Now

    In 2012, we reported that the class action suit against EA over a monopoly related to Madden, NCAA, and AFL-branded football titles had been settled with a compensation plan put in place. That settlement proposal was later revised , with consumers eligible for up to $162.92 for last-generation titles... More
  • Blog Post: Madden, Saints Row Top August 2013 NPD Charts, 3DS Sales Strong

    EA Sports' Madden NFL 25 tops the August charts with only a week of sales, while Nintendo's 3DS continues to experience brisk sales. This month's NPD finally held some good news for software sales. New physical software sales experience its first positive growth month since November 2011... More
  • Blog Post: Madden NFL 25 Skipping Wii U

    It was conspicuous that EA Sports wasn't talking about a Wii U version of the latest Madden game, and now it's official that the game won't appear on the Nintendo console. Nintendo World Report has a statement from a company representative that reads: "We will not be releasing a Wii... More
  • Blog Post: Arian Foster Stiff Arms In First Madden NFL 25 Screenshot

    Even though baseball season has only just begun, it's not too early to start yearning for fall and the return of the NFL. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Madden NFL franchise, and EA has delivered an exclusive Madden NFL 25 screenshot to ESPN. The image depicts Houston Texan Arian Foster... More
  • Blog Post: Report: EA May Add New Sports Franchises

    Electronic Arts’ chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said “a couple of new sports franchises” may be added to the developer’s stable of sports games. The revelation came during the Wedbush Technology Conference today. While answering a question about EA’s planned releases... More
  • Blog Post: Former NFL Player Wants To Unite Gamers And Athletes

    Former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer has one goal: bridge the gap between gamer and professional athlete. To accomplish his goal he co-founded OverDog. The company's iPhone app allows athletes to challenge their fans in different games on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Eventually the app... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 02/1/13

    The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and that means one editor might visit the virtual gridiron, while others keep chipping away at recently released titles like The Cave, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Far Cry 3. Jeff Marchiafava : Look, I’m going to get back to Far Cry 3 one of these days, so get off my... More
  • Blog Post: EA Announces Madden NFL 25

    No, you haven't jumped several years into the future. Electronic Arts has revealed that the next installment of Madden is ditching the calendar year in the name, opting instead to call attention to the series' 25th anniversary. This confirms earlier reports to the same effect. According to EA's... More
  • Blog Post: Madden Gets Release Date And Possible Name Change

    Players will be able to take to the gridiron in Electronic Arts’ popular Madden series on August 27 of this year. An image posted on the EA website hints that the title may feature a new name to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary. EA usually titles its sports series with the last... More
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