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EA Loses $11 million Madden Lawsuit

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    EA Loses $11 million Madden Lawsuit

    EA Loses $11 Million Madden Lawsuit

    A jury today found that Electronic Arts used code and features developed by the designer of the first John Madden Football throughout Madden games published into the mid-1990s without crediting or paying him royalties, and required EA to pay damages that could start at $11 million and potentially reach much higher.

    Robin Antonick, credited on the cover of the original 1988 PC game alongside John Madden, sued EA in federal court in 2011, alleging it recycled the code, design and other features he laid down in the first game for future editions, particularly the 16-bit console versions that exploded the series' popularity.

    While Antonick's suit continues to allege that his work has been used into present-day versions of Madden, the jury's decision today just encompasses games published between 1990 and 1996—essentially its lifespan on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

    “This is a tremendous victory,” Rob Carey, one of Antonick's attorneys, said in a statement. "In many ways, this trial was a test of each party’s version of events. The jury uniformly rejected the idea that this game was developed without Robin’s work. It is, if nothing, a good omen for the next phase of the litigation.”

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    That is great news for Antonick. $11 million is only for the games produced from '90-'96, if he can prove they used the code from '97-current he'll be getting a hell of a lot more than $11 million.



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