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 Madden  creator wins in EA lawsuit, awarded $11 million
Madden creator wins in EA lawsuit, awarded $11 million
July 24, 2013 | By Mike Rose

July 24, 2013 | By Mike Rose

A lawsuit filed by Madden developer Robin Antonick against Electronic Arts back in 2011 has finally come to a conclusion, with a jury in U.S. District Court ruling in favor of Antonick.

Antonick originally claimed that his code, as found in the Madden games in the 1980s, was then subsequently used by EA in a number of later Madden titles without his knowledge.

The case recently went to trial, and after just three days of deliberations a jury has awarded Antonick more than $11 million in royalties and interest, according to Game Politics.

The jury says that EA's Madden games between 1990 and 1996 were "virtually identical" to Antonick's original, including similar plays and formations.

Antonick's attorney Rob Carey called the verdict "a tremendous victory," adding that the decision has paved the way for Antonick to push ahead with the lawsuit further, and pursue similar claims that EA used his code in Madden games released after 1996.

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Andrew Grapsas
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Wasn't he paid for the code when he wrote it? This still makes no sense to me. EA owns the code, does it not? I feel like there are details missing.

Ah, here's why:

"These models formed "the foundation of the Madden franchise," according to the lawsuit, and make further games in the series subject to a 1986 contract that promises Antonick 1.5 percent of the profits from any "derivative works" made for different hardware."

Maurício Gomes
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He made a deal with EA that any work using his code he would get 1.5%

The lawsuit is that EA stopped paying him after a lie stating that they were not using any of his code anymore, he filed the lawsuit claiming that he found out that his code is still in use, and thus EA should still pay him according to contract.

Michael Joseph
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Jonathan Murphy
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Imagine Street Fighter 4 full price with every expansion? Other game companies adapt. Madden has not. Monopolies will always create these results.

Addison Martinez
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Do you know why he split his claims and only went after the games between 1990 and 1996?

Smart move either way.

Jorge Ramos
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I'm willing to bet it had to do with some legal proceedings, and his attorney going for the most obvious one that would be winnable first, which should help set the precedent when they go inspect the more recent titles in the series.

Troy Lonergan
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If it's in the game - it's stolen?