Thursday, September 26, 2013

EA Sports won't be making a college football video game next year

Video game giant EA Sports will not publish any college football games next year, citing an ongoing legal battle against current and former college players, who claim the video game maker has made millions off their likeness without receiving any compensation in return.

"Today I am sad to announce that we will not be publishing a new college football game next year, and we are evaluating our plan for the future of the franchise," Cam Weber, the general manager overseeing the NCAA Football and Madden NFL series. An emotional Weber broke the news 15 minutes ago to an all-hands meeting of both development teams. 

"We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football," Weber continued. "Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA—but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes."

The statement doesn't rule out the possibility of publishing a college football game after next year, though. Of course, that really depends on whether the lawsuits brought against EA Sports can be resolved in a timely manner.

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