Madden, NCAA Class-Action Lawsuit Extended
A class action lawsuit filed against EA in 2011 over an alleged monopoly in the football simulation games market has been modified to allow for increased compensation in the case of approval by the court. The claims period has been extended accordingly to May 15th, allowing affected individuals more time to file their claims.
The lawsuit alleges that by creating a monopoly, EA has been able to overcharge its customers for football games.
You are automatically affected by this lawsuit and entitled to possible compensation if you are in the United States and if you bought a new copy of a Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football game for Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3, GameCube, PC, or Wii, with a release date between January 1, 2005 and June 21, 2012. You are excluded from this settlement class if you purchased a secondhand copy of the game, or if you purchased it directly from EA.
If the settlement is approved by the court, you are only eligible to receive compensation if you have submitted a claim. Affected gamers may file a claim at the Pecover v. Electronic Arts Inc. Settlement website before May 15th.
If approved, valid claims for the purchase of games from the listed franchises for the Xbox, PS2, PC, and GameCube will be valued at $20.37 each, up to a total of eight games ($162.96). Valid claims for games for the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii platforms will be valued at $5.85 each, up to a total of eight games ($46.80).
Katie Williams is a freelance games journalist and critic. She tweets at @desensitisation and hopes that one day, a bird will tweet back.