Quantcast
EA gives up NCAA Football exclusivity - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


EA gives up NCAA Football exclusivity


1:30 PM on 07.27.2012
EA gives up NCAA Football exclusivity photo



[Update: An EA representative confirmed settlement with GameSpot: "We made a business decision to settle this lawsuit and put the matter behind us. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the NFL and NCAA."]

Attorneys representing consumers in a antitrust lawsuit filed back in 2008 over Electronic Arts' lock on multiple football league licenses now say that the publisher has agreed to a settlement that would have them going at least five years without an exclusive hold on the NCAA Football license. On top of this, GameSpot reports that EA could also pay out a potential $27 million to affected customers.

The settlement says that EA will let the currently standing NCAA agreement lapse in 2014 and will not renew it for at least five years. They're also locked out of an exclusive deal with the Arena Football League for five years. This was all proposed last week in a filing, and has yet to see final approval. EA should be wrapping this up soon, though.

If it does go down, gamers that purchased an EA football game for the GameCube, PS2 or Xbox could be entitled to up to $6.79 a game; those that purchased a current-gen game could get up to $1.95 a game. That's a lottery ticket and a dollar menu item!






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.






Sports

3:00 PM on 10.30.2014
I can't make sense of this live-action Sportsball trailer

This trailer for Sportsball -- not to be confused with Action Button Entertainment's Videoball; the narrator's delivery reminded me of Tim Rogers, a bit -- is something else. I feel like I need to watch it about four more ti...more



5:00 PM on 10.16.2014
The Giants are pumping Sonic music at batting practice

The San Francisco Giants are getting in the "Green Hill Zone" for tonight's game against the St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported that the Giants are taking batting practice to So...more



6:30 PM on 10.07.2014
NBA2K15 face scanner has borne creatures that beg for death

At least Madden's glitches were funny. This is more like The Fly, or the chimera in Fullmetal Alchemist. more



View all Sports






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more