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Madden creator awarded $11 million in suit against EA


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The original programmer of the first Madden football game is $11 million richer today, thanks to a jury ruling in U.S. District Court -- and there could be much more money on the way.

Robin Antonick claimed that his code, which was used in the original 1988 version of the franchise, was subsequently used in later versions of the game without his knowledge. He took EA to court in 2011 to sue for royalties and interest, originally in the amount of $16 million.

The jury returned the verdict in Antonick's favor late Tuesday after three days of deliberation, saying the Madden games between 1990 and 1996 were "virtually identical" to the version Antonick created, featuring similar formations and plays.

Antonick's attorneys revealed the $11 million figure.

 

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