Former NFL players sue EA over Madden
From Yahoo Games
Former Bengals running back Tony Davis has filed a class-action suit against EA on behalf of some 6,000 retired NFL pros over the use of player likenesses in Madden NFL 09, reports IGN.
The plaintiffs argue that EA never compensated thousands of retired players whose likenesses were used to fill the rosters for the game’s historic teams. The suit alleges that EA “knowingly and intentionally” included the stats, positions, height and weights of retired players, but removed player names and uniform numbers to avoid paying anyone.
“The only significant detail that EA changes from the real-life retired NFL players is their jersey number,” the suit reads. “Despite EA’s ‘scrambling’ of the retired NFL players’ numbers, the games are designed so that consumers of the Madden NFL video game franchise will have no difficulty identifying who the ‘historic’ players are.”
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