Electronic Arts Antitrust Litigation
Electronic Arts is the leading producer of interactive football software including the Madden NFL, NCAA Football and Arena Football franchises. Starting in 2004, Electronic Arts signed a series of exclusive and anticompetitive agreements with the NFL, the NFL Players Union, The Collegiate Licensing Company and the AFL. These agreements essentially eliminated all competition from the interactive football software market. In 2008, the Paynter Law Firm and co-counsel Hagens, Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP filed a class action lawsuit seeking damages and other relief on behalf of consumers nationwide who purchased interactive football software from Electronic Arts
In July 2012, the Parties reached a settlement establishing a $27 million fund for consumers who purchased Madden NFL, NCAA Football or AFL games published by EA. The final judgment entitled class members to $20.37 for the purchase of up to eight units of Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football videogames for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC, or GameCube platforms or $5.85 for the purchase of up to eight units of Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football videogames for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii platforms. The order also stipulated that EA will not sign an exclusive license arrangement with the AFL for five years and will not renew its current agreement with the NCAA, which expires in 2014, for at least five years.