A US District Court jury in the Northern District of California has ruled in favor of Robin Antonick in his lawsuit against Electronic Arts, awarding him $11 million. Antonick is the original credited designer for EA’s Madden NFL series, this lawsuit sought unpaid royalties for iterations in the series released between 1990 and 1996.
The jury found that the games released during the 1990 to 1996 period were “virtually identical to the original version of Madden NFL Football, developed by Antonick,” according to a press release issued by the firm representing Antonick, Hagens Berman. The press release added that Antonick and his attorneys will “seek to appeal previous ruling that excluded Super Nintendo games and fraud claims from the jury deliberations.”
The next phase in the case will have the court decide whether or not EA owes Antonick royalties for games in the series that were released from 1997 to today.