Game on! NCAA Sues Electronic Arts

Posted Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 09:30 AM PST by
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Former partners get litigious over now dead genre of collegiate sports video games.

Back in late September, EA announced that they would not be publishing a new college football next year, effectively putting an end to all video games based on collegiate athletics. The move was announced at the same that EA and Collegiate Licensing Co. struck a $40 million settlement with the class-action group of ex-student athletes. That settlement would leave the NCAA as the lone defendant, but now the NCAA is making moves to ensure that EA remains mired in the crises of so-called amateur athletics.

From Games Industry, "(i)n a suit filed earlier this month, the NCAA accuses its two former partners of breaching contractual obligations with the proposed settlement. The collegiate association says EA was required to maintain liability insurance to cover any costs to the NCAA that arose from its deal, but neglected to do so. Additionally, the NCAA says CLC failed to ensure EA was living up to its obligations, and further failed to provide NCAA with documents it was entitled to inspect. In addition to scuttling the settlement, the NCAA wants EA to be made to indemnify it against any liability relating to the NCAA games."

CLC spokesman Andrew Giangola, "CLC is caught in the middle of a dispute between NCAA and EA which should not involve us. CLC has valued relationships with both the NCAA and EA and while we hope they can soon resolve their dispute, we see no reason for CLC to be involved."

In addition to the NCAA's claims that EA remain at liable for costs arising from legal trouble over their game licensing, the suit also states that EA's settlement was kept secret from the NCAA, violating the contractual obligations between both parties.

Source: Games Industry

Author: Brian Hoss

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