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EA gives up the Madden ghost, sets aside $27 million in settlement

7/23/12 4:05pm

A lawsuit against EA and their monopoly on the NFL license has been settled for the sizable sum of $27 million. The thing is though, the monopoly will continue for the foreseeable future. Gamers will reap the rewards for their dedication to the franchise with any purchasers of Madden between 2005 and 2012 getting a cash settlement.

“Up to $1.95 if they bought a Madden game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii, up to $6.79 if they bought a Madden game on the PlayStation 2, GameCube or original Xbox.”

Also, EA looses the option of entering into an exclusivity agreement after 2014 with the NCAA and AFL (Arena Football League) for five years. Despite these wins, Madden’s exclusivity with the NFL will remain unchanged. So what did we learn today g1s? Even after four long years of litigation, corporations can still throw money at obstacles and make them go away.

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