Madden 'creator' sues EA

Madden 'creator' sues EA

By Ben Parfitt

April 4th 2011 at 10:13AM

Robin Antonick wants 'tens of millions of dollars' in alleged unpaid royalties

EA could be liable for "potentially billions of dollars" after the co-creator of the very first Madden video game announced he is taking the publisher to court.

Since its inception the Madden series has sold in excess of 85m copies generating in the region of $4bn in profit.

Now Reuters reports that Robin Antonick, who claims to be the creator of the very first game for EA for the Commodore 64, MD Dos and Apple II, is arguing that he's been cut out of the series' success.

A contract signed in 1986 allegedly entitles him to royalties on derivative versions of the Madden games. He alleged he hasn't received any payments since 1992 and that he wasn't aware of EA's plans to expand the franchise to other platforms.

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