EA Sending Out Checks for Football Game Monopoly Settlement

The antitrust lawsuit against EA Sports for signing an exclusive deal with the NFL in order to strike a blow against the budget NFL 2K franchise years ago is now being literally settled as checks are finally being mailed to claimants. If you’re one of those, you will be happy to know that you’ll be getting $20.37 for every last-gen and PC copy of Madden, NCAA Football or Arena Football game you proved you bought, and $5.85 per current-gen editions of those franchises, that were released between the beginning of 2005 and June 21, 2012, not including handheld versions. It’s far too late to try to join this party now, though.

The settlement can be read here. The payouts are actually higher that listed, because more people than expected were too lazy to participate. EA is dropping $27 million all together on these payments and lawyers fees for the case.

If you’re getting one of these checks, you could always spring for some next-gen Madden 25, but it might provide more laughs if you spend it on NBA 2K14 instead.

via Polygon

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2 Comments on EA Sending Out Checks for Football Game Monopoly Settlement


On November 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

While I’ve never been much for sports games like Madden, I always found it very anti-consumer and quite telling of EA’s corporate culture that they decided to buy their way out of competing with 2K rather than actually offering customers a product that justified the price tag.


On January 5, 2014 at 8:14 am

Only 27 million? I doubt EA is crying from that penny falling out of their pocket. Can we sue them too for getting exclusive rights to Star Wars video games as well?