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EA offers anti-trust settlement - would lose exclusive NCAA license for 5 years

Discussion in 'Games' started by dio, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    This would be so good for the industry - maybe another developer can get a few fresh football games out before EA locks up exclusivity again

    http://www.joystiq.com/2012/07/21/ea-files-27-million-settlement-in-lawsuit-cannot-renew-current/

     
  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    This is definitely good news. Sports games are so much better when there is competition.

    I miss having the "2k" series around to push EASports.
     
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    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Question is if we´re gonna have 2 or zero games when the contract between EA and the NCAA expires.
     
  4. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    NCAA smaller than Madden - but there is still much money to be earned, so I would expect at least 2 games.

    A few companies still have engines around from failed unlicesned football games (All Pro Football, Backbreaker) so there is some potential here.
     
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    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Think of college basketball.
     
  6. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    College baseball could also be done.
     
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    Jens1893 Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    What I am referring to is that both EA and 2k Sports discontinued their college basketball series in 2007 and there hasn´t been a game since. EA actually did make 2 college baseball games after 2k snapped up the exclusive rights for the 360, but discontinued it due to rapidly declining sales.

    I wouldn´t bet on there being a game at all when the contract expires. EA has a game engine etc. ready and in place already whereas a new company would have to design a full game from scratch. That´s a huge risk.
     
  8. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Neither for those is football - and I already noted that other companies already have engines developed
     

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