EA’s NFL Monopoly class-action lawsuit checks being sent

Monday, 4th November 2013 23:58 GMT By Ewan Miller

Checks are in the mail to the claimants in Electronic Arts’ football monopoly class-action lawsuit, in which the company settled out of court to pay $27 million in lawyers fees and payouts to users. To users who submitted their claim prior to May 15th these year, $20 were awarded for every copy of Madden or NCAA Football they bought last generation and another $5 for each copy of Madden purchased on a current gen system.

The initial settlement payout was going to be much lower, however only a third of the expected number of claimants ever submitted for the payments. The suit, titled Pecover v. Electronics Arts was filed back in 2008 and was finally resolved out of court in June last year. It alleged that by securing an exclusive license to the NFL as Sega was exiting the football game market, Electronic Arts had established a monopoly.

EA’s exclusive NFL license expires this year, so look out for that other developers.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. Major Mayhem 70

    Saga’s NFL 2k Sports was actually pretty damn good. That last year that it was released had the game priced at $19.99. Many reviews of the game had it beating Madden. Competition is always a good thing. Without competition, you get force fed whatever. Glad this lawsuit took place and the ruling was essentially in favor of the gamers. I hope NFL 2K makes another appearance and puts Madden back on notice that they are no longer the only game in town.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. darkshale

    Damn it I dont want 5 bucks I want EA to not be able to have a monopoly. Since when do you get found guilty of a monopoly and get to keep it if you are willing to pay off the customers you ripped off and yet continue to do it year after year.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DSB

    Maybe someone else can pick up the license and make a proper football game.

    One day, when I learn to code, that’s gonna be the first thing I do. Turnbased football game, like a turnbased RPG, except football. Like bloodbowl, except good.

    Like Mutant League Football… Meets X-Com. It will be the most succesful Kickstarter ever.

    I’ve said too much already. [Trademarked]

    #3 1 year ago

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