Lawsuit not meant to prevent NCAA games

By Steve Watts, Oct 07, 2013 10:40am PDT

EA's recent settlement in a class action suit brought by former NCAA players seemingly resulted in the cancellation of the next title in the franchise. But the lawyers who brought the suit say they didn't have any intent of stopping NCAA games from going forward, and EA is still free to do it under certain guidelines.

"We would've been happy to have the game go forward," Leonard Aragon told Polygon. Aragon is a partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, and served as co-lead counsel on the suit. In an interview, he was insistent that the legal action didn't cause the cancellation. "It was never our intent to not have this game [continue]," he said. "That's not us. We didn't tell them to do that. We would be fine if they published a game."

If EA did choose to proceed, they would simply have to follow some guidelines. "There's nothing stopping [EA] from making the game, so long as they don't use players' names, images or likenesses. Or [they could] pay the students, which they didn't really agree to," Aragon said.

The fate of the series seems fairly etched in stone, though. NCAA 14 was cancelled, and the NCAA opted not to renew its licensing agreement after that point. Even if nothing technically forbids EA from making new NCAA games, the business realities don't seem to be shaking out in their favor.

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