Settlement checks from the class-action lawsuit against EA for creating a monopoly for football games through Madden have started turning up, according to users on NeoGAF.
The lawsuit in question was settled out of court in July 2012. The agreement arranged between the plaintiffs in Pecover v. Electronic Arts saw the company paying $27 million into a fund that would be distributed between lawyers’ fees and the class-action claimants. The settlement covers games from all three franchises released between January 1, 2005 and June 21, 2012.
Anyone who filed for participation in the lawsuit earlier this year will receive $20.37 per copy of a Madden NFL, NCAA Football, or Arena Football game purchased for GameCube, PS2, Windows PC, or Xbox. For PS3, Wii, or Xbox 360 purchases, participants will be rewarded $5.85 per game.
Obviously, the lawsuit didn’t affect the continuation of any of these franchises (although for some, like NCAA, other factors did), what with the release of Madden NFL 25 on PS3 and Xbox 360 earlier this year (August) and next-gen versions slated to debut as launch titles for both PS4 and Xbox One.