Alright folks, it’s time to play catch-up on a legal battle that has been going on since May. Robin Antonick, the creator of the Madden series, took a look at the code contained within some of the franchise’s more recent entries (games made from 2005 on back) and found, much to his surprise, that the code he had written over a decade earlier for the series was still being used. This is a serious accusation, as Antonick would be owed royalties for all of the Madden games that made use of that code. So it’s little surprise that Antonick filed a lawsuit against EA for royalties and damages owed to him (which amounted to millions of dollars). EA decided not to settle out of court and the trial began this week.
EA first attempted to get the case thrown out by trying to convince the jury that the statute of limitations had run out on Antonick’s claim since the games he claimed used his code had been out for so long. Luckily for Antonick, the jury favored his argument that there was no way he could have known about the code still being used. This means that the trial will continue and Antonick now has the edge, provided he and his lawyer can provide the required evidence.