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Monday, July 23,2012

EA Sports agrees to $27 million settlement in football game monopoly lawsuit

EA Sports has reached a proposed settlement of $27 million with the plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company's exclusive licensing agreements "monopolized an alleged market for interactive football software," ending more than four years of litigation in the federal courts.

The agreement in Pecover v. Electronic Arts only concerns the publisher's licenses for NCAA Football and Arena Football titles; it does not affect EA's lucrative exclusive contract for Madden games.

EA Sports will establish the $27 million settlement fund, which entitles the class-action participants — anyone who purchased a Madden, NCAA Football, or Arena Football title for consoles or PCs between January 1st, 2005 and June 21st, 2012 — to a modest sum: up to $6.79 per copy purchased on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, or PC, and up to $1.95 per copy purchased on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii. If payouts do not exhaust the settlement fund, the remainder will be donated to Child's Play.

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