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Platform 360, PS3 Publisher EA Sports Developer EA Tiburon Release Date 2013-07-09

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NCAA Football 14 review: graduating class

NCAA 14 sees Tiburon step up to the challenges presented by previous games On the field, the changes are a net positive, notably with offensive gameplay. EA and Tiburon have struggled for a long time to keep up with the real-world adaptation and experimentation of offensive and defensive strategy. Recent NCAA releases have been held back by difficulty integrating the mechanics of things like the read and triple option. In NCAA Football 14, that challenge has been met. Creative offenses centered around reading defenders before making a decision about handing off or pitching the ball are more quickly executed than ever, aided by an indicator pointing to which defensive player's movement should be judged. Essentially, there's an extra beat to stare down the read man and make that...

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The latest must be the greatest in sports video games

Ask a fan for his favorite sports video game and you'll rarely get a current one. You may not even get one for a console still in production. Warhorses like NHL '94, Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball and the venerated NFL 2K5 come up a lot. Among mine are NCAA Football 2004, MVP Baseball 2005 and College Hoops 2K8, and none of those series even exist anymore. Nostalgia may have a lot to do with it. In present day, however, there still is the deep, demanding expectation that the latest edition be better than anything preceding it, if not everything ever attempted in that sport before. One might think an audience that cherishes old and long-since outdated titles might be more forgiving if the latest version of FIFA or NBA 2K isn't as compelling as a landmark entry earlier in the series. I share...

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Lawyers never intended for EA to stop making NCAA Football games

"We would've been happy to have the game go forward. It was never our intent to not have this game [continue]," said Leonard Aragon, partner at the law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and co-lead counsel for the players, in a phone interview with Polygon this week. The court case encompasses an antitrust suit filed by Ed O'Bannon (formerly of the University of California, Los Angeles) as well as right-of-publicity suits filed by Sam Keller (formerly of Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska), Ryan Hart (formerly of Rutgers University) and Shawne Alston (formerly of West Virginia University). EA, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), an organization that handles licensing for dozens of schools, are named as defendants in the suits, which charge that...

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Customization was heavy focus in canceled EA college football game

Next year's entry in EA's college football franchise, which the publisher shelved last week, was set to feature a heavy focus on customization, said a former member of the development team in an interview with Kotaku. According to Kotaku, the developers at EA Tiburon — the studio behind the series formerly known as NCAA Football — were working on next year's game right up until they were told at an all-hands meeting on Sept. 26 that EA had decided it wasn't going to release a college football game in 2014. That internal announcement happened shortly before EA made the news public that afternoon on the company blog. EA released that statement about an hour before news broke that EA and the Collegiate Licensing Company, which handles licensing for most of the schools that appear in the...

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Report: EA, CLC to pay $40M in settlement with collegiate athletes

Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company will pay approximately $40 million in their settlement with college football and basketball players in their long-running player likeness lawsuit, report ESPN and the New York Times. The parties filed a notice in federal court yesterday to say they reached a settlement, but terms of the agreement were to remain confidential until the full proposal had been presented to the court. Citing a "source familiar with the negotiations," ESPN reports the settlement is for $40 million. Michael Hausfeld of law firm Hausfeld LLP, co-lead counsel representing the players, confirmed the amount to the New York Times. EA and the CLC — which handles licensing for most of the schools that appear in EA's college sports titles — were named as...

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EA, CLC settle college football student-athlete lawsuit

Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have reached a settlement of their lawsuit with former college athletes regarding the use of the players likenesses in EA's NCAA Football series, according to documents filed in federal court today. The court must approve the settlement before it is final. The settlement applies to both the antitrust and right-of-publicity suits that EA and the CLC, which handles licensing for most of the schools that appear in EA's game, were facing. Former University of California, Los Angeles basketball player Ed O'Bannon originally filed the antitrust suit, while the right-of-publicity suit was filed by Sam Keller, a former quarterback for Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska. "[The antitrust plaintiffs, right-of-publicity...

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EA cancels 2014 college football game, reconsidering future plans

Electronic Arts will not release a college football video game in 2014, and the publisher is reconsidering the series' future, the company announced today. "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," said Cam Weber, general manager of American football at EA Sports, on EA's blog. "This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year." EA is a defendant, along with the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) — which handles licensing for almost all the colleges and universities that appear in the game — in a number of ongoing lawsuits filed by former student-athletes. The...

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Federal court denies EA's appeal in NCAA player likeness lawsuit

Former collegiate athletes scored an important victory today in their right-of-publicity lawsuit with NCAA Football publisher Electronic Arts, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), with a federal appeals court ruling that EA's use of the athletes' likenesses is not protected under the First Amendment. In a 2-1 decision, a panel of judges in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to deny EA a motion to strike the athletes' complaint as a strategic lawsuit against public participation. Sam Keller, who played quarterback at Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska, had filed a lawsuit in May 2009 objecting to EA's use of his likeness in the company's NCAA Football series of video games. "EA's use does not qualify for First...

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EA asks for motion to dismiss NCAA antitrust lawsuit

Electronic Arts filed a request for a motion yesterday to dismiss the latest complaint in the antitrust lawsuit filed by current and former collegiate athletes against the publisher, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), saying EA shouldn't be a part of the suit. The plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit — a group of student athletes led by Ed O'Bannon, a former star at the University of California, Los Angeles — filed a third complaint in federal court in California on July 18, amending their previous complaint to include six current NCAA athletes. EA, the NCAA and the CLC are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which also consists of a separate suit concerning student athletes' right to publicity that is led by former Arizona State University and University of Nebraska...

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Attorneys in NCAA/EA lawsuit 'heartened' by NCAA spurning EA

The NCAA's decision to end its association with NCAA Football publisher Electronic Arts "heartened" Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP — one of the law firms handling class-action lawsuits against Electronic Arts, the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) — but the firm won't stop there. Citing "the current business climate and costs of litigation," the NCAA announced two days ago that it won't renew its licensing agreement with EA for college football games once their current contract expires next June. That will leave this year's NCAA Football 14 as the last college football game under the NCAA Football name, which EA has been using since 1997. "It's apparent to us that the NCAA's decision to end its long and hugely profitable relationship with EA is tied directly to the...

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Collegiate Licensing Company confirms new college football deal with EA

Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the agency that manages the licensing of college football programs, have signed a new agreement for EA's college football games, the CLC confirmed to Polygon today. According to the CLC, the new contract with EA will take effect next July and run for three years. It gives EA the rights to use "more than 150 colleges, conferences and bowl games" in its college football video game series, said a representative for the CLC in an email to Polygon, confirming a Joystiq report from earlier today. There's no word yet on whether any schools have opted out of the new agreement. The agreement is non-exclusive because of the $27 million settlement in Pecover v. Electronic Arts, an antitrust lawsuit regarding EA's football games. Earlier...

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North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 07/09/2013
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
    • Score 8.0
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 07/09/2013
    • Publisher EA Sports
    • Developer EA Tiburon
    • Score 8.0
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