Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden Monopoly

June 11, 2008 -

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.

Two law firms appear to be involved on the plaintiffs' side at this point: Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and The Paynter Law Firm. Both are experienced in class action suits.

Read the complaint here...

Via: Gamespot


Comments

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

 Both points of view have merit, but in the end I think that the NFL would make more money with 2 competing game franchises licensing their stuff.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

Absolutely, you know what it reminds me of? Deus ex, the more recent one, with the two competing coffee shop chains, everyone favors one and they are major rivals, but in the end you find out they are owned by the same company, the rivalry was just an illusion and the profits all went to the same place.

Of course its a bit different, I bet the coffee at both places tasted exactly the same.

 

Still funny though.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

Once again, it was the NFL that went to EA. EA has pretty much nothing to do with this. Nor is the NFL under any obligation to sell the rights to their franchise to tons of people. They can sell it to who they want to.

 

And stop blaming EA.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

We'll stop blaming EA when Madden 09 doesn't look like 2K7 would have.

 

And how did EA "have nothing to do with this" when it was the company that cut a $250 million check to the NFL for its monopoly? How is that having "pretty much nothing to do with this"? They paid a quarter-billion dollar bribe and had nothing to do with it. Either you're full of shite or you're ignorant. EA HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT.

And the games they put out suck in comparison the 2K series.

This is a classic example of a monopoly delivering an inferior product.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

You would have a point if EA had not lobbied the NFL for years to sell exclusive rights. Until then the NFL was happy to let all develepers purchase the rights.

 

Don't defend EA, they are the fucking scum of the videogame industry. They are the opposite of everything gaming stands for. There is no soul in EA, or their shit products. Disgusting company.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

Riiigghtt and that's why a majority of people continue to buy their products anyway.   Really if your going to make a point and the only thing you can do is refer to them as scum your point is going to quickly be overlook...

Just as this case more then likely will.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

Perhaps the "majority" (the majority is always right? RIGHT?!) buys Madden (EA's biggest property) because it's the only NFL game that exists.

 

EA paid the NFL so it could deliver an arguably inferior product that did not have competition. Period. That's what happened. Both EA and the NFl have made it very clear that they are vehemently opposed to competition in the NFL videogame business.

 

If current anti-trust law does not forbid what happened, then it's clear that the law needs to be changed. This anti-consumer move benefits a pair of very wealthy companies and eliminates choice for millions of consumers.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

They buy their products anyways because they are gamers not politicians, EA doesnt deserve anyone to come to its defense, whether or not madden went to EA is not the issue, it was EAs decision to go through with it and then hike the prices, they OBVIOUSLY are going for a monopoly here, its called a "hostile" takeover for a reason, even if EA isnt at fault, the takeover would be awfull for gamers.

 

Im glad someone wants to stick it to them.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

But what is being said is exactly true, EA as unethical as it may appear are not doing anything illegal or anything you can declare are true 'damages' 

To me this is ridculious simply because it falls into the same mentality about ' I don't like it so I'll sue!' mentality. The only reason people are more accepting of this one over others that have been mentioned here before is because of the general dislike of EA.

I don't care for EA or their games... I just find this stance ridculious if you don't like something then play something else.   It's really that simple.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

You can't play anything else because of what EA did you moron. People wanna play football games, but they can't play a decent one becuase Madden has sucked for years. Thats what the law suit stands for and I for one hope it wins. 2k football forever.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

No excuse for EA's continued production of mostly lack luster games and trying to get other companies to do the developing for them. Then trying to take the credit for other companies work, simply because they had enough money to aquire them. Plus treating their consumers like copyright criminals to me is the sign of an arrogant company. Or at least trying to treat consumers like criminals was the plan until the gaming community very loudly objected to it. Though it'll do nothing, it be nice if actual consumers sticking it to them with a lawsuit makes EA take a long hard look in the mirror at itself.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

 Yeah, right. What credit? EA is a company just like any other. They are no different than Activision or Ubisoft who are the other big 3rd party companies. Most of you are just upset at EA just because you feel you have to be by others' ridiculous claims. I dont see how why EA would have to look at themselves over a lawsuit such as this? First of all they are a company like any other. They are function is to make the business decisions that will keep them afloat and sorry to say but the same goes for every single company. Money is always first.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

It's good to see some gamers actually doing something to try to stick it to EA, rather than most of us who just talk about trying to do something about it. Of which I am guilty of sadly.

Re: Gamer Class-action Suit Filed Against EA Over Madden

So, is the ECA getting behind this?  Cuz that would seriously kick some ass.

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