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Gamers in California and Washington, D.C., have sued Electronic Arts Inc. over what they call "blatantly anticompetitive conduct" in its football gaming niche.

The suit against Redwood City-based EA (NASDAQ:ERTS) says after early competition in football games between EA and Take-Two Interactive Inc., EA cut the price of its Madden 2005 game from $49.95 to $29.95.

"Electronic Arts could have continued to compete by offering a lower price and/or a higher quality product," the suit said. "Instead, Electronic Arts quickly entered into a series of exclusive agreements with the only viable sports football associations in the United States: the National Football League, the Arena Football League, and NCAA Football."

The suit says EA raised the price of Madden 2006 by 70 percent.

The plaintiffs have requested a class action and want restitution and damages for buyers of EA football game since August of 2005.
Source [Business Times]

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Let's complain more. After all, that's all anyone seems to be able to do anymore.
'bout time.
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Let's complain more. After all, that's all anyone seems to be able to do anymore.
It is a monopoly, though.
    
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Anything that is competitive, can be considered "Anticompetitive".
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Let's complain more. After all, that's all anyone seems to be able to do anymore.
I've been waiting for this for a while, EA owns exclusive rights to the NFL players...so noone can really make a good realistic football game, because EA stripped the rights away. I don't play these games, but everyone said the ESPN games were really good, better than the madden series. I'm glad people are standing up to it; the only competition EA has is the game they made last year.
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Anything that is competitive, can be considered "Anticompetitive".
I agree with them. EA lowered their price until their competitor was driven out of the market, then jacked the price right back up. This behavior is exactly what antitrust laws are designed to combat.

Do I care? No. Are they right? I think so
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