Normally I really could not be bothered with the NFL games, but this is just too unbelievable to pass up. Robin Antonick is one of the co-creators of Electronic Arts’ Madden NFL Football series. He’s now suing EA claiming that he is owed royalties thanks to a contract signed back in 1986. That contract stipulated that Antonick would be entitled to royalties on Madden games that derive from his original work.
According to the application for legal action, Antonick hasn’t received any payment since 1992. He is requesting more than twenty year’s worth of royalties, which amounts to millions of dollars.
Many are arguing that the work Antonick did on the earliest Madden titles is very different to that which has gone into today’s more intricate versions of the games. That’s not stopping him as he is claiming that contemporary Madden games are still based on his initial work from the mid-eighties.
According to Antonick’s lawyers, it is thanks to the hype “surrounding the 20th Anniversary of the Madden videogame” that their client was made aware of the fact that EA has “not independently develop[ed] subsequent versions of its Madden NFL software”.
On top of the claim for royalties, Antonick is going for the big one: a share in the overall profits of the EA franchise, which is valued at over $4 billion.
Since the lawsuit was filed, Electronic Arts has responded by saying that “the complaint and its 20 year-old claim are utterly without merit”.