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EA Sports sued over exclusivity deals

Consumers take on EA Sports

Consumers have filed a lawsuit against EA and its exclusivity deals on sports titles, and now the case is headed to court.

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In 2008 a group of consumers sued EA due to an "unlawful and anticompetitive series of exclusive agreements with the National Football League, the NFL Players Union, Arena Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association." Four years later the lawsuit has been approved and will be heading to court.

DarkZero reports that the basis of the lawsuit is as follows:
"Through an unlawful and anticompetitive series of exclusive agreements with the National Football League, the NFL Players Union, Arena Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA"), Electronic Arts has driven its competition out of the market for interactive football software, including most significantly Take Two Interactive Software, Inc., the maker of the interactive football software title NFL 2K5 and has prevented additional competitors from entering the market."

The class action has been raised on behalf of any US resident who purchased a copy of any of EA's football titles on any platform from January 1 2005 to June 21 2012.

The consumers are not looking for a large payout from this lawsuit, but rather want EA to cease seeking exclusivity deals for its football titles. This is an interesting case, and we will keep you updated as we hear more.

EA has denied any liability or misconduct.

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