"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," he stated. He admitted that while this may disappoint their players, it disappoints the EA Sports team as well.
EA is currently a defendant alongside the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC). A number of lawsuits have been filed by former student athletes stating that the NCAA, EA and the CLC profited off their likenesses. The former student-athletes are seeking hundreds of millions in compensation.
Weber admits that "ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position — one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA Sports games,"
Weber assures the public that EA will try to "retain the talented people who are part of the team". They will find a suitable place for them elsewhere in the EA Sports organization. According to Weber, EA is fully committed to NCAA Football 14.
According to court documents that were filed today, EA, the CLC, the plaintiffs in the O'Bannon suit and the plaintiffs I the right to publicity suit have reached a settlement. The settlement has yet to be approved by the court