A pair of gamers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Electronic Arts over its exclusive licensing deal with the NFL.
Madden owners Geoffrey Pecover of Washington, D.C. and Jeffrey Lawrence of California are the named plaintiffs in the class-action, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California.
The suit, which essentially follows a line of reasoning laid out by GP, describes how EA, faced with competition from Take-Two’s excellent NFL 2K5, reduced the price of Madden from $49.99 to $29.99 in order to stay competitive with NFL 2K5, which was aggressively priced at $19.99. From the lawsuit:
By signing the exclusive agreement with the NFL, Electronic Arts immediately killed off Take Two’s NFL 2K5 software, the only competing interactive football product of comparable quality to its Madden franchise…
Once again without a competitor Electronic Arts raised its prices dramatically… nearly seventy percent to $49.95
The suit also notes EA’s ongoing campaign to acquire Take-Two:
A successful takeover of Take-Two Interactive by Electronic Arts would remove one of the few companies with the ability and expertise to compete in the market for interactive football software in the event that the Electronic Arts exclusive agreements were terminated or voided by a court.
Read the complaint here…