Everyone Who Ever Bought a Madden Game is Suing EA

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Everyone Who Ever Bought a Madden Game is Suing EA

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If you've purchased a Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football League game from Electronic Arts since 2005 then congratulations, you're suing EA.

In California, a judge has approved the creation of a "class," an official recognition of a subset of people as a group, made up of anyone who purchased EA football games since 2005. With this class officially recognized, lawyers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the videogame publisher for creating a football videogame monopoly.

According to the claim, "Defendant Electronic Arts entered into a series of exclusive licenses with the National Football League ... which plaintiffs claim foreclosed competition in the alleged football videogame market," which allegedly allowed EA to overprice its alleged football products.

So apparently you have been mercilessly robbed, fleeced, and bamboozled by EA for the past 6 years. As a purchaser of the aforementioned products, you are automatically included as part of the class, and eligible to receive any damages won in the case. You are not considered a part of the class if you bought your EA football game on a mobile device, directly from EA, purchased your games used, or are an EA employee. Otherwise, you will only be excluded if you take the steps listed at the plaintiff's site.

Whether or not the case holds water is obviously up to a judge to decide, but it seems that a large part of the case hinges on EA "overcharging" for the games it has a monopoly on. As far as I can tell, the latest Madden NFL game is retailing for about $60, the usual price for a console game. I suppose you could try and make the case that every game publisher has been overcharging us for years (and there are plenty who would agree with that), but I don't see this case getting through the massive and expensive battalion of lawyers employed by EA to counter these kinds of suits without some very solid evidence of wrongdoing.

Source: Joystiq
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can go buy an old copy for like 1$, I want to be suing EA games.

In the words of Tychus Finlay...

So they're not suing EA because the games are terrible, but because they're seen as the ONLY publisher who makes terrible sports games?

Yeah, fair enough >_>;;

joebear15:
can go buy an old copy for like 1$, I want to be suing EA games.

Nope, it says in the article used games are excluded.

As for this, I do see their point. Every year guaranteed EA would release a new Madden game, and as far as I'm aware of, the most they update on it is the rosters which could of easily been done as patches. Besides that, you are essentially paying $60 for the same game you've been playing since its initial release on the console. You have to give them that there is a definite jump between Madden games from the ps1 era, to the ps2/xbox era, and so on.

I'm curious what the damages awarded will be. If its more than $60 I might nibble, but hey if its in the upwards of a few hundred bucks, I'll take the risk of it not working out and buy a copy new heh.

Not what I'd want to be suing them for, but I'll take what I can get.
Glad I kept my copy of Sports Madden 2002.

Oh goody, I'm part of a class action lawsuit, and might therefore earn $5 when the case is won, if it is at all. Which it probably won't.

joebear15:
can go buy an old copy for like 1$, I want to be suing EA games.

"... You are not considered a part of the class if you bought your EA football game on a mobile device, directly from EA, purchased your games used, or are an EA employee. Otherwise, you will only be excluded if you take the steps listed at the plaintiff's site.
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Not such luck I'm afraid.

With any luck, EA Sports will be made defunct.

This can only be a good thing. EA Sports is EA's last relic of its dark phase over the last decade. All other significant subsidaries have either been made defunct or gained a real name like Visceral, formerly EA Redwood Shores.

EDIT: No, theres still EA Los Angeles. Which is infamous for torurting Command and Conquer to death.

Damn, they thought they could get away with fleecing me! I DEMANDED EA CHARGES THE SAME 60$ PRICE TAG AS EVERY OTHER VIDEOGAME MAKER!!! ...oh wait...

Yes, they are releasing a tweaked game every year, but not for a higher price than FIFA, which they don't have a monopoly on. There should be a minister of common sense to overturn ridiculous lawsuits like this.

... What?

This is the second example of this seemingly nonsensical shit - the other being MS's complaint about Google "unfairly" dominating the market.

If people buy the bloody things then that's up to them, and they cost the same as other games anyway.

This might sound stupid, but to people from outside the US count? Not that I expect anything to come of this but I'd be interested to know all the same.

Radelaide:
So they're not suing EA because the games are terrible, but because they're seen as the ONLY publisher who makes terrible sports games?

Yeah, fair enough >_>;;

I disagree with you on them being terrible games, at least not all of them anyway.

OT: They do have a monopoly pretty much in the sports gaming department, I do remember 2K and ESPN had a few sports games for the original xbox, which were fun, but I guess they didn't sell as well.

Does this count for the college football games also, because I have about 5 of them, but honestly they were all worth it. I play the NCAA football games a lot.

Oh yeah I bought madden NFL11 and NCAA11 so apparently I got royally screwed. Now I have the curious sensation to go sign my name on this lawsuit and be apart of it, too bad im too lazy to do it.

Woodsey:
... What?

This is the second example of this seemingly nonsensical shit - the other being MS's complaint about Google "unfairly" dominating the market.

If people buy the bloody things then that's up to them, and they cost the same as other games anyway.

Until they realise they've been buying shit. Before that time I'm assuming they were all in a drug induced haze that prevented basic research into any product.

And...who exactly came up with that 'brilliant' idea? I mean, sure, there is plenty of reasons to dislike EA, but the same reasons apply to majority of big publishers. Now as i understand the whole deal stands on two issues. First the fact that EA has exclusive licenses and second being the price of the games.

Taking that in account i'm guessing someone wanted piece of that cake but couldn't get into it because their football game was not allowed to use real life player's names... seems more like a case of jealousy rather than actual care for end users aka customers aka 'us'.

OK, so I but a NEW game, sue EA, sell the game and get more money as a result... *goes to buy crappy footbal game*

Woodsey:
If people buy the bloody things then that's up to them, and they cost the same as other games anyway.

I do see what you mean there but its harder to say its worth it for the sucession of NFL games. I doubt EA Sports puts in much effort to actually developing them. Controls are always the same, innovation is to them what a cheeseburger is to a lactose intolerant hindu, and really every time i compare this years and last years games i cant help wondering if they didnt just reskin the character models then change around the playable rooster names.

The same could be said for the FIFA series too, but they dont own that market so nobody is complaining.

We can sue people for overcharging...?

Anyone up for suing Capcom for expecting us to pay $60 for 2D fighters?

$60 is overcharged? No way!!!!

gigastar:

Woodsey:
If people buy the bloody things then that's up to them, and they cost the same as other games anyway.

I do see what you mean there but its harder to say its worth it for the sucession of NFL games. I doubt EA Sports puts in much effort to actually developing them. Controls are always the same, innovation is to them what a cheeseburger is to a lactose intolerant hindu, and really every time i compare this years and last years games i cant help wondering if they didnt just reskin the character models then change around the playable rooster names.

Yeah, well that's their prerogative, and you buying it is yours. I don't see how a lawsuit factors into this at all.

I wonder if i get paid for each year that i own that'd be pretty sweet lol. Even if i dont get money i'd love to see someone like 2k sports allowed back in the mix their monopoly has destroyed the game over the years constantly removing features and making up token changes to the online play (and making a game mode called ultimate team where the only way to truly compete more then 5 games is to dump cash into "dlc" decks)

Wait I got a free copy of NCAA When I bought my xbox 360 does that mean I'm suing them too?

unless you were tramatized in a way only a team of highly trained shrinks could eleviate i doubt you can get a refund for a free game

I must be maliformed because I thought owning a monopoly was good, and not just because you can buy hotels.

Is having a monopoly on a product illegal?

Woodsey:

gigastar:

Woodsey:
If people buy the bloody things then that's up to them, and they cost the same as other games anyway.

I do see what you mean there but its harder to say its worth it for the sucession of NFL games. I doubt EA Sports puts in much effort to actually developing them. Controls are always the same, innovation is to them what a cheeseburger is to a lactose intolerant hindu, and really every time i compare this years and last years games i cant help wondering if they didnt just reskin the character models then change around the playable rooster names.

Yeah, well that's their prerogative, and you buying it is yours. I don't see how a lawsuit factors into this at all.

I probably should have mentioned this, but i wouldnt even buy anything from EA Sports to use as overkill sci-fi style coasters. I have CoD for that.

Anyway this is what i think it boils down to.

EA Sports is the only developer that can legally make games based on NFL tournaments.

Other people either would want to try on thier own or think this is unfair for some arbitary reason.

Therefore, the other people would try something like this so they can get in on the market without getting sued into the storm drains by NFL for unlicensed usage of thier image or something like that.

AT God:
I must be maliformed because I thought owning a monopoly was good, and not just because you can buy hotels.

Is having a monopoly on a product illegal?

It must be now with all the companies getting sued over it.

I admit I was a bit pissed off when EA bought exclusive rights to the NFL. Never liked Madden, but loved the Sega 2k series. After I think 2k5 they had to stop using offical teams. Dont think I got another after that.

AT God:
I must be maliformed because I thought owning a monopoly was good, and not just because you can buy hotels.

Is having a monopoly on a product illegal?

Not directly apparently but yes if the organization resource to unfair practices. It can also be a reason for big lawsuits, as microsoft knows very well.

You know, maybe, if this works, it will send a message to other companies to not charge full price for game sequels that are the basically the same as their previous incarnation...

the problem is the last other company to make a NFL game was 2k sports with their ESPN version. and it sold for less for typical retail because the work involved in creating it didn't require it since most had been rebooted from the previous year. The problem with madden is it does little in the way of evolving year to year (often going backwards after destroying superstar mode slowly over the past couple years). its basically slapping a new main screen on a game with a roster update and kicking it out the door forcing fans of the sport to shell out $60 dollars for a game that by rights should cost about 30

Woodsey:

gigastar:

Woodsey:
If people buy the bloody things then that's up to them, and they cost the same as other games anyway.

I do see what you mean there but its harder to say its worth it for the sucession of NFL games. I doubt EA Sports puts in much effort to actually developing them. Controls are always the same, innovation is to them what a cheeseburger is to a lactose intolerant hindu, and really every time i compare this years and last years games i cant help wondering if they didnt just reskin the character models then change around the playable rooster names.

Yeah, well that's their prerogative, and you buying it is yours. I don't see how a lawsuit factors into this at all.

The lawsuit is that due to the exclusivity contract, nobody else was allowed to develop a competing game, one which might have forced EA to actually innovate in order to stay competitive. Having to pay $50-$60 for what is essentially the same exact game that was released 6 years ago, but without having to spend much in development in the process, is basically getting screwed by monopolistic behavior. If 2K weren't locked out of developing a competing Football game, imagine how much better both it and Madden would be if they actually had to compete with features, along with having the updated roster.

As far as similar sequels... that I've little beef with. The problem comes from the fact that they prevented the potential development of a superior product to compete with it on the marketplace, which in turn stifled the drive to actually improve upon the design of Madden.

The real question is...

..when do we get to collectively sue EA for deliberately ruining Command & Conquer?

i actually loved 2k's NFL game, first person control of players on the field was pretty cool, and they did that "sports center" thing in franchise mode did to give a run down of high lights from around the league (something madden took 5 or 6 years to finally rip off with an NFL network version though slightly watered down). And monopolies are bad when abused, imagine if one company owned the rights to FPS's and rebooted the same MOH every game for 6 years with 0 changes. it'd be your right to stop playing FPS's but you wouldn't want to and as a true fan of the NFL with MANY friends who are obsessed being forced to pay full price just to have the latest team rosters is bull

also an amusing fact is operation sports held a tournament that year and against 64 other sports game it was voted the best of all time then EA bought the rights.

scotth266:
Oh goody, I'm part of a class action lawsuit, and might therefore earn $5 when the case is won, if it is at all. Which it probably won't.

Yay for being part of a lawsuit! I wonder how much we would get? The last NFL-related monopoly charge won the plaintiffs...1$. You wanna split that?

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