'Madden NFL' Creator Sues Electronic Arts, Says He Is Owed 'Tens of Millions'

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If you're a man under the age of 40, chances are you have considered suing Electronic Arts -- for the hours, days, and years of your life lost to the video-game company's addictive football franchise, Madden NFL.

Well, game developer Robin Antonick has his own bone to pick. Antonick, who asserts that he created the first version of Madden for computer systems in the 1980s, is suing EA for what he says are "tens of millions of dollars in royalty payments" that were never payed to him for subsequent iterations -- there have been 12 -- of the game.

While each version has arrived with improved graphics and features, Antonick claims the formula that made Madden a hit in the days of systems such as the Commodore 64 -- software that realistically simulated the endlessly complex mechanics of a professional football game -- was of his making.

The lawsuit, filed yesterday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, asserts that the Redwood City-based gaming company has avoided paying royalties "by affirmatively and fraudulently misrepresenting to Antonick the derivation of the current generation of Madden football games."

According to the complaint, "Only recently ... did Antonick become aware that Electronic Arts did not independently develop subsequent versions of its Madden NFL software."

If this thing gets to trial, we sure hope the judge allows ardent Madden fans to bring their Doritos and Schlitz into the courtroom.

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So this clown is claiming that the current Madden games -- which have 3d graphics and digital sound -- are were "derived" from the 2d game with no digital sound that he developed in 1988.

That's completely absurd. It would take very little investigation for EA to prove that today's game has nothing to do with the original one in terms of lines of code.

That said, there could be merit to this in the sense that one or two versions of the game included code that he wrote, but I don't see him getting "millions" out of this.

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