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.