A judge today has ruled that a lawsuit brought against EA by over 6000 retired NFL players will go to court.
The suit has said that EA “knowingly and intentionally” used player likenesses in such a way that they would not have to pay the 6000 players in question.
EA even used the players stats, positions they played and height/weight. They only removed the players names and numbers to avoid licensing payments.
The claimants have argued that fans of the Madden 09 title could quite easily recognise and name the ex-NFL players in question.
The players are suing EA for damages, all of its profits related to the use of retired players’ likenesses and attorney’s fees.