Jury Finds Against Electronic Arts in Lawsuit by Original Developer of Madden Football Video Game
July 24, 2013 – A jury in San Francisco dealt a significant blow yesterday to videogame publisher Electronic Arts, finding against the company in a lawsuit filed by Robin Antonick. Antonick, who developed the original John Madden Football videogame, claimed that EA went on to use his original source code to develop later versions of Madden Football, without paying him the royalties due under the 1986 agreement. The jury agreed, finding that the plays of the later games were “substantially similar” to those of Antonick’s original game, and that on the whole the games were “virtually identical.” The verdict will require EA to shell out millions to Antonick in past-due royalties, as well as accumulated interest on those royalties. Read more about that litigation here.