Back in the year 2008 Electronic Arts was sued for negotiating exclusive license agreements with the NFL (National Football League), the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Arena Football League (AFL). There was this deal that gave EA the exclusive right to produce football video games with teams, players and other assets of the NFL, AFL and the NCAA, as per a lawsuit (below).
This deal violated antitrust and consumer protection laws and resulted in consumers being overcharged for the football games.
As per the law firm of Hagens Berman, which represents the plaintiffs, the deal now sets up a $27 million fund for those who were affected by the EA’s alleged scheme. Consumers are going to receive a refund of $2-7 per game.
This deal also bans EA from signing exclusive license agreements with the AFL for five years or renewing its current contract, which is going to expire in 2014.
What’s in it for you?
If you’ve purchased any EA football game you could be getting a refund of anywhere between $2-7 dollars per game bought.
Those who purchased the sixth-gen GameCube, PS2 or Xbox could receive up to $6.79 per game. While those who bought seventh-gen titles for the Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3 can get up to $1.95 per game.