'Madden NFL' Programmer Not Owed More Royalties, Says EA

Law360, San Francisco (January 25, 2013, 6:12 PM EST) -- Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to find that a programmer for the the original 1988 “Madden NFL” videogame isn't entitled to royalties from later versions of the multibillion-dollar franchise, saying his contract only covered versions designed for Apple II computers.

Antonick's lawsuit claims EA should pay him royalties on subsequent “Madden” games because the company couldn't have made those games without the software he developed for the debut. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer kicked off the hearing by saying he would deny...
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