Creator of Madden Is Suing EA

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.

Video game creator sues company for billions [Reuters via CVG]

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  1. By JustAndrew on 04-04-2011 17:32

    This sounds like the kind of shit Activision has been trying to pull. So typical.


  2. By Christian M. on 04-04-2011 17:32

    Hopefully he gets what he's entitled too. However, good luck trying to sue EA.


  3. By UFC345 on 04-04-2011 17:34

    hopefully this guy gets the money he is owed


  4. By outroxx on 04-04-2011 17:45

    It's David against Goliath, he probably won't get the money.


  5. By xDSJxPyro on 04-04-2011 17:51

    Cause we all know suing a company for billions really works right? He has every right to be upset, but suing for billions just makes you look dumb. Or like this guy.


  6. By Dozck on 04-04-2011 17:57

    It's about damn time this crap happens.


  7. By Gilbert1978 on 04-04-2011 19:00

    I'm rooting for Robin 100%... fuck EA and fuck them for screwing over the guys that paved the way to what it is now...


  8. By JesusHMacy on 04-04-2011 19:56

    John Madden John Madden John Madden


  9. By sstrngmnm on 04-04-2011 19:59

    i would like to see this guy win but we kno how powerful ea is so they'll easily win