Redwood City, Calif. – Video game publisher Electronic Arts (NASD: ERTS)
faces a lawsuit filed on behalf of 6,000 former NFL players who say they were
not compensated for use of their likenesses in "Madden NFL 09."
players allege that, while EA has changed their jersey numbers and does not use
their names, the virtual players feature heights, weights and skill levels
commensurate with their NFL days.
They further argue that "consumers of the game could readily
discern what player was being represented."
Retired NFL players previously
filed suit over the amount of royalties paid for their appearance in video
games, and in 2008 were awarded $26.1 million in damages.
(DMW previous coverage)