Robin Antonick, creator of the Madden series, wants to take EA to court over tens of millions of dollars he says he’s owed in royalties from the Madden series. Antonick claims that he and EA signed a deal back in 1986 that entitled him royalties on any works derived from the original game which released back in 1988.
Antonick claims he has not received any royalty payment since 1992 and says “Electronic Arts decided that it did not want to share profits with him.” Antonick is moving for a jury trial in California and argues,
Only recently, as a result of publicity surrounding the 20th Anniversary of the ‘Madden’ videogame did Antonick become aware that Electronic Arts did not independently develop subsequent versions of its Madden NFL software. Instead, according to recent statements by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, the current generation of software apparently derived from software developed by Antonick.
EA and Antonick have attempted to settle the dispute in “confidential settlement negotiations” over the last several years, but it looks like to no avail. We’ll keep you updated as more on this situation unfolds.