EA Sports settlement offers up to $20 payout for past football game purchases

The payment amounts for the monopoly settlement EA reached in July have been tripled, due to a lower-than-expected number of claimants.

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An EA monopoly settlement has tripled its payout size. Electronic Arts agreed in July to pay a pool of $27 million among customers who bought Madden, NCAA Football, or Arena Football games, but fewer-than-expected claimants means more of a payout per claim.

Kotaku reports that the pool itself is remaining at $27 million, with varying payment amounts depending on which platform you bought the games on during the period between January 1, 2005 and June 21, 2012. If you bought a new copy for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC, or GameCube, you get $20.37 per game, for up to eight games. If you purchased them on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or Wii, you just get $5.85 per game. You can check out the litigation site for more details.

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    April 16, 2013 1:32 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, EA Sports settlement offers up to $20 payout for past football game purchases.

    The payment amounts for the monopoly settlement EA reached in July have been tripled, due to a lower-than-expected number of claimants.

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      April 16, 2013 1:41 PM

      SCORE. I was a claimant!

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      April 16, 2013 1:44 PM

      too bad we can't just have competition in the market. Stupid NFL.

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        April 16, 2013 3:56 PM

        I haven't bought a football game since NFL2K5

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          April 16, 2013 4:05 PM

          Madden is certainly far better than that game at this point. They could still desperately use some competition, especially as the generation shifts.

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            April 16, 2013 6:05 PM

            yeah the features are awesome, online franchise, MUT, etc. Too bad the rag doll game play sucked this year. Halfbacks tripping over their own blockers smh...

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              April 16, 2013 6:15 PM

              baby steps, I didn't get this year's but I actually love the idea of runners tripping over blockers sometimes. Of course they need some sort of logic to make runners automatically make the subtle steps to try to avoid that (at which point they can probably fully remove the hurdle button) but even still it's far more realistic than ever before. Running up the middle was always so silly looking, now it's finally starting to look like the stumbling chaos it should be with legs and arms flying at runners.

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        April 16, 2013 3:57 PM

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          April 16, 2013 4:10 PM

          NFL Blitz was the last football game I ever played

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            April 16, 2013 7:07 PM

            Closest we'll get to a mutant league football :(

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      April 16, 2013 3:49 PM

      How are they verifying if you purchased a game or not? Certainly nobody still has their receipts.

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        April 16, 2013 3:55 PM

        i'm thinking it's based on people who registered their cd-keys. i did for madden 11 and that's how i think they got me

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          April 16, 2013 4:09 PM

          So you're getting an email about it?

          I think I played Madden 2008 (PC) online.

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          April 16, 2013 4:58 PM

          I never bought Madden for PC, but I might have bought 3 or 4 copies between 2005 & 2012. No idea if I paid full price or when exactly I bought them though.

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          April 16, 2013 6:56 PM

          It can't be all that. They are going back to PS2 era games. I claimed like 5 games I think

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        April 16, 2013 6:07 PM

        Some places send you e-receipts like Kmart.

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      April 16, 2013 6:07 PM

      its just sad that when a company says they're going to try to improve their image that they get slammed again and again and again for anti-consumer ploys(DRM), monopoly that everyone knew way back in 2005 when NFL went all Madden exclusive, they knew monopolies are against the law and did it anyways. EA, I hope you change, but it is very unlikely.

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        April 16, 2013 6:17 PM

        it takes two to tango here remember. The NFL happily gave up exclusivity for big money. Other leagues did not, knowing what would result. I suspect the NFL also wanted to make it easier to control their image by only having one partner instead of many (ex no hits after the whistle, ensuring concussions in game result in the right sort of recovery time, etc)

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          April 16, 2013 6:21 PM

          And yes, very much this. They wanted to have a single product to manage their image through.

          I think the NBA handled it better - IIRC every company involved is allowed to make the 'main' NBA game, while the offshoot games (like NBA Street) were being handed out in a rotating fashion per-year to encourage more competition.

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        April 16, 2013 6:19 PM

        It is the NFL handing out the monopoly - note that even with this settlement, nothing at all happens to the NFL licensing :(

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      April 16, 2013 6:09 PM

      They our address on their EA sports site and know what madden games we own, they should just send us a check. Make those databases useful.

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      April 16, 2013 8:33 PM

      Crazy, I bought every single game in that series. I usually don't "claim" things here but ... screw EA.

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