EA has finally agreed on a $60 million settlement to compensate the college football and basketball players whose names and likenesses have appeared in EA’s video games from 2003 through 2014. Lawyers even said that 200,000 athletes, who are considered top players, can even make between $259 and $2,703 per year, per game. It’s about time that EA took a step forward in this fiasco considering that NCAA Football ’14 was the last entry to hit stores way back in July 2013.
Now most gamers/sports fans are probably pretty happy to hear this news, and not just because they will be getting a great series back, but because most fans wanted to see these young athletes get their due. However, is it enough? Admittedly $60 million is not a small amount, but when you take out 30% for the lawyers and split the money across the 24,819 players, whose claims were deemed valid, then the average player gets roughly $1,600. Some of the specifics also make it so that players from years like 2003 won’t be given as much and a lot depends on how the character was used (avatar, photograph, or just a name). The deal just doesn’t look like it’s that big of a step anymore. Progress is progress though as college athletes are being officially recognized and can know that they have a voice in this business.
What are your thoughts on the settlement? Was it enough or will this conversation about the payment of college athletes continue?