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The man who created the first version of the uber-successful "Madden NFL Football" video game is suing Electronic Arts over tens of millions of dollars in owed royalties and potentially billions in profits over the franchise, which has sold more than 85 million copies in the more than 20 years since it hit the marketplace.

As real-life professional football experiences a work stoppage thanks to disagreements between owners and players over how to split the revenue pie, now the game of football in digital form is experiencing its own financial quarrel.

Robin Antonick is demanding a jury trial in California, pressing claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that he has been cut out of the "Madden" franchise fortune.

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"Only recently, as a result of publicity surrounding the 20th Anniversary of the 'Madden' videogame did Antonick become aware that Electronic Arts did not independently develop subsequent versions of its Madden NFL software," says the complaint. "Instead, according to recent statements by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins, the current generation of software apparently derived from software developed by Antonick."

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A bit of trivia hear is that Bethesda provided the physics engine for the original.
Edited by Kirmie - 4/4/11 at 7:55am
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Who cares about handegg?
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this guy couldn't have sued any earlier?
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this guy couldn't have sued any earlier?
How could he be unaware...any title in the Madden franchise has not changed at all in a decade or so at least. Stats/players might have but the series is stagnant in development otherwise.
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Hope this wont delay BF3
    
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Hope he wins. I hate publishers.
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Hope he wins. I hate publishers.
If Reuters is correct, and the guy has a contract that says he's owed royalties on derivative works he's got a shot. It depends on how far one must go to claim work as being "derivative". I.e. if code he wrote has to be present.
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How could he be unaware...any title in the Madden franchise has not changed at all in a decade or so at least. Stats/players might have but the series is stagnant in development otherwise.
It's actually really easy to be unaware...

We as a community find information very easily...However, some of the elderly couldn't find Google if you asked them.
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Needs source in title.
Yes it did.

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If Reuters is correct, and the guy has a contract that says he's owed royalties on derivative works he's got a shot. It depends on how far one must go to claim work as being "derivative". I.e. if code he wrote has to be present.
Regardless of how far he has to go for that there is a limit to how long you can wait which I would bet he passed multiple times and he is pretending he didn't know. There will likely be very little money going his way even if he somehow wins due to the massive changes over the years I would think.
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