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    by Published on 01-21-2014 08:00 AM
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    The EA Sports/CLC and NCAA lawsuit(s) continue to make their way through the legal system, however it appears that one major aspect will take place this month.

    The NCAA's attempt to halt the EA SPORTS/CLC settlement was rejected by the Supreme Court and the settlement is expected to be finalized this month. That belief comes from an attorney drafting the document, although terms have yet to be filed to a federal court for preliminary approval. A motion hearing in the case will take place on January 22. The settlement will still need to be approved by a judge with a final hearing taking place to hear any objections.

    The EA SPORTS/CLC settlement occurred with Ed O'Bannon and Keller plaintiffs and similar suits filed by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston and Hart. The NCAA did not settle and has since sued co-defendants EA and CLC, alleging they failed to protect the NCAA in settlement talks. ...
    by Published on 10-08-2013 08:00 AM
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    Tuesday morning, EA SPORTS announced CoachGlass for the Xbox One version of Madden NFL 25. Using SmartGlass (via smartphones and tablets), users can see opponent's offensive tendencies, top players, play history, and also receive play suggestions.

    Continue on to read our takeaway and see the official press release from EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 10-06-2013 09:36 AM
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    Following the cancellation of a college sports title from EA SPORTS for 2014 - and likely indefinitely - there has been no shortage of news, albeit expected or bizarre. Here is a quick rundown of what has transpired since then.

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    by Published on 09-26-2013 03:16 PM
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    This afternoon, Cam Weber (GM of American Football at EA SPORTS) announced that the company will not publish a college football title in 2014 and that the future of the franchise is in doubt. Weber stated that the company being caught in the dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes along with the NCAA & several conferences withdrawing support led to the decision. He also added that EA SPORTS is working to settle lawsuits with the student-athletes.

    Later in the day it was announced that EA SPORTS had settled a series of class-action lawsuits. It is believed that the settlement will affect between 200,000 and 300,000 current and former college players. Terms of the settlement are confidential pending a court filing. From CBS Sports: The settlement affects lawsuits brought by former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart, former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller and former UCLA basketball star O'Bannon. The settlement does not include the NCAA's ongoing battle with O'Bannon and other plaintiffs in the fight over the rights to player likenesses.

    Continue on to read the full press release from Weber & EA SPORTS. ...
    by Published on 08-27-2013 07:00 PM
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    At E3, EA SPORTS unveiled their new game engine EA SPORTS IGNITE that will power their titles on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The new technology incorporates improved rendering, physics, animation, intelligence and more in an attempt to deliver a more rich and dynamic experience.

    EA SPORTS also announced that Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA LIVE 14, and EA SPORTS UFC will be released within the next 12 months on both XB1 & PS4.

    UPDATE - This article from IGN provides insight on the benefits the IGNITE engine will provide for all EA studios & developers.

    Andrew Wilson, Executive VP of EA SPORTS: "So what we did this time wasn’t so much about getting a single engine – although that is what has facilitated the fundamental shift we’re about to embark on – it’s we’re all investing in a single code base. It’s not just about the shared technology; it’s about aggregate investment in innovation now across every team that feeds back in. So when you think about the multiplier effect you’re going to get in year two or three of five or six or seven different game teams, all investing and innovating on a single code base, and all that innovation rolling back into a single branch which they all start from the following cycle – that’s the real value of Ignite."

    Continue on to view videos showcasing the new engine and read the official press release for EA SPORTS IGNITE. ...
    by Published on 08-25-2013 12:52 PM
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    On Friday, the Orlando Business Journal published an interview with EA Tiburon Vice President & General Manager Daryl Holt. The Q&A centered around the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and what they mean for EA SPORTS.

    While Microsoft and Sony have showcased some of the potential with new technology, this interview provides the first mention of how EA SPORTS may utilize the Xbox One & PS4. Focusing on NBA Live 14, Holt discusses how new player tendencies and apparel can be pushed directly to the console. Holt also talks about how both console manufacturers utilized feedback from software manufacturers to make their console more developer friendly.

    Continue on to read excerpts of the interview and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 08-14-2013 11:47 AM
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    ESPN.com is reporting that the Southeastern Conference & Big Ten Conference will be joining the NCAA and no longer license its trademarks with EA SPORTS and their college football franchise. CBS Sports is also reporting that the Pac-12 will also join the SEC & B1G in their decision.

    While this means the removal of the SEC, P12, & Big Ten names, logos, and other trademarked conference-related items, the member schools will still make their own determination if they will appear in the product.

    Joystiq's Mike Suszek adds that "150 collegiate institutions, including SEC schools, have approved renewal of the EA college football license, to begin with the 2015 edition. As with any licensed product, individual schools continue to make their own decisions."

    AL.com reports that Texas A&M, LSU, and Tennessee will allow their marks to be used by EA SPORTS. They also list Kentucky, Arkansas, and the American Athletic, CUSA, and Sun Belt as weighing their options.

    [UPDATE] The University of Washington appears to be the first school to publicly announce they do not plan on allowing their trademarks to appear in future editions of EA SPORTS' college football title. This comes nine months after giving customized copies of NCAA 13 to outgoing seniors. ...
    by Published on 07-17-2013 01:32 PM
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    Per the NCAA:

    The NCAA has made the decision not to enter a new contract for the license of its name and logo for the EA Sports NCAA Football video game. The current contract expires in June 2014, but our timing is based on the need to provide EA notice for future planning. As a result, the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo. We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.

    The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes. Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game. They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.


    Time will tell on what this means for EA SPORTS. Could this mean the end of college football video games? Or does this mean the birth of EA SPORTS College Football with the company needing to reach licenses with individual schools and no longer needing to have the game meet the standards of the NCAA?

    Updated story after the break.
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    by Published on 10-17-2012 10:00 PM
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    In an article from the Orlando Sentinel's Walter Pacheco, EA Tiburon is now utilizing new technology to aid in capturing realistic and authentic environments for NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and other franchises.

    Developed locally, the new Focus3D scanner from FARO Technologies allows for the capture of environments while also being travel friendly. Continue on to read an excerpt of Pacheco's article on the scanner. ...
    by Published on 08-24-2012 03:53 PM
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    Madden NFL 13 will be available beginning Friday at 6 PM ET for EA SPORTS Season Ticket subscribers with the retail launch on August 28.

    Highlighted by Connected Careers and the new Infinity Engine, Madden NFL 13 may be the most anticipated edition of the franchise in years. Once you play the game, share your thoughts and impressions on the game here with the community. ...
    by Published on 08-01-2012 07:30 AM
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    The NCAA Football team is reaching out to the community once again and wants your help in gathering team reference details for possible inclusion in future editions of the game. After asking for info on band and cannon locations in the past (all properly placed in NCAA Football 13), they now want your help in learning all of the crowd chants for every FBS program. This list will be utilized as a checklist for the team as they travel on-campus to each program in the future to record crowd audio as they build upon the crowd chants and improved crowd audio added in NCAA Football 13.

    Share your team - or any team you know - info in this thread. Links to media of the chant (YouTube video, MP3, etc.) or articles/references for each chant are welcome. Post the chant and - as important - when it typically is heard during each game.

    Continue on to see an example of the desired information (school, chant, when it occurs) and to share your school's chant information. ...
    by Published on 07-31-2012 03:00 PM
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    NCAA Football 13 Lead Producer Jason French has released details on two game updates. The first update was available on July 31st and the second on August 15.

    Game Update #1 is now available for X-Box 360 and PS3 users. If connected to XBL/PSN, simply starting the game will automatically prompt you to download the update.

    Update 8/1 - A Tuner Pack has been released for both 360 and PS3 users. If connected to XBL/PSN, you'll be prompted if you would like to download it. In order to play any online games (Play Now or Online Dynasty), you'll be required to have this update. Details are immediately after the break.

    Update 8/14 - The second NCAA Football 13 game update will be available on Wednesday, August 15.

    Be sure to let us know any feedback regarding either the Title Update or the Tuner Pack.

    Continue on to see details of the first two game updates as well as the 8/1 Tuner Pack. ...
    by Published on 07-20-2012 09:00 PM
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    A class-action lawsuit filed four years ago alleging EA SPORTS of violating antitrust and consumer protection laws has reached a potential $27 million settlement fund while also restricting exclusive deals for the company with the NCAA/CLC or the AFL.

    The proposed settlement, filed with the court on July 19, 2012, would establish a $27 million fund for consumers who purchased Madden NFL, NCAA Football or AFL games published by EA. If the settlement is approved by the court, consumers who purchased a sixth generation title (GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox) may receive up to $6.79 per game. Those who purchased a seventh generation title (Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) may be entitled to as much as $1.95 per game under the terms of the proposed settlement.

    As consideration for the settlement, Electronic Arts has agreed to refrain from renewing or otherwise entering into an exclusive trademark license with the AFL for five years from the final date of approval of the proposed settlement. Moreover, Electronic Arts agrees not to renew its current collegiate football trademark license with the CLC on an exclusive basis after that license expires in 2014, or seek any new exclusive trademark license regarding football video games with the NCAA, the CLC, or any NCAA member institution covered by the current exclusive license for a period of five years thereafter.


    This appears to mean that EA will be unable to have an exclusive license for NCAA Football for five years beginning in 2014. Given that the last college football competitor came from Sega's College Football 2K3 and the costs that would incur (start-up, development on the 'next' next-gen, licensing, etc.), it does not seem likely a competitor will emerge. TGT will add more information as it becomes available. Continue on for more information and additional coverage. ...
    by Published on 06-18-2012 06:00 AM
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    NCAA Football 13 will mark the seventh year of the franchise on the next-gen consoles. In the spring of 2006, the NCAA Football community would begin to change forever. As we lead up to the release of NCAA 13, The Gaming Tailgate will look back at the previous next-gen versions of the game.

    With the release of NCAA Football 07 – only on the X-Box 360 – and a fresh start to the franchise, the fracture of the community began. Some in the community stayed on the PlayStation 2 and those who made the switch to next-gen gaming were divided between the 360 and the PlayStation 3. As the studio made the decision to start anew on these next generation consoles, some in the community became disenfranchised with the lack of features on the 360/PS3 version as compared to the PS2 version.

    While the rebuilding of the franchise may have taken more time than some would like, it has also witnessed features and game modes that could not have existed on the last-gen series: Stadium Sounds, EA Locker, The Weather Channel Live Feed, web-based TeamBuilder, Dynasty Wire, and the crown jewel - Online Dynasty. ...
    by Published on 06-02-2012 10:00 AM
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    E3 2012 takes place June 5-7 and will feature news regarding NCAA Football 13. (E3 is the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products.) The Electronic Arts press conference will take place at 3 PM CT Monday, June 4 and will be broadcasted on Spike TV as well as streamed online.


    "NCAA thought they’d jump the gun a little bit and give you a taste of what they’re bringing to the table a week early. In addition to revealing their Heisman Playbook on Wednesday May 29th, they’re also hosting a Heisman Webcast the same day. There may also be another big announcement in the works that we’re not at liberty to discuss yet...but if we were you we would probably be checking the site regularly for some big NCAA news." Courtesy: EA SPORTS

    We will keep you updated with any NCAA Football 13 news announced or revealed during E3 here at The Gaming Tailgate and also on our social networks: Twitter - Facebook - Google+. Make sure to follow us for all breaking news and info.

    The Gaming Tailgate will also be providing E3 coverage and info in our Other Video Games sub-forum.

    Continue on to learn more about you can expect from other EA SPORTS titles at E3. ...
    by Published on 01-21-2012 08:00 AM
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    This is the first part of our series looking at the NCAA Football franchise as we enter the seventh year of NCAA Football on the next-gen consoles.


    NCAA Football 07 kicked-off the next-gen revolution of college football in the summer of 2006 on the X-Box 360. The game is considered the “lost” next-gen game due to only being available on one console and being released at a time when many were just starting to make the switch to the 360.

    The move to next-gen gaming saw both gamers and studios alike place a huge emphasis on the improved visuals that were now possible thanks to the new powerful technology at-hand. The majority of early previews of these consoles and upcoming titles focused on their visual capabilities with screenshots and CG movies touting the possibility that laid ahead in the years to come. Continuing with this trend, visuals would be an aspect that NCAA Football 07 focused heavily on. ...
    Published on 09-13-2011 09:29 PM
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    Like a buffet, The Tailgate Smorgasbord will bring you odds and ends giving you a little bit of everything.

    - The new issues emerging from NCAA Football game update #2 (as well as those not fixed in the update) are now being posted at gaming news sites around the web including Joystiq.

    - In a follow-up to the recently announced NCAA Football fellowship, EA looks to former players for more authenticity in games.

    - "LeGrand Bowl" takes place this Sunday on the campus of Rutgers University.

    - The EA jobs site is currently listing openings at EA Tiburon on the NCAA Football team (Executive Producer and Tools & Pipeline Lead), extensive positions for their NBA (sim) title, and also a large number of openings for a new IP. Any guesses? ...
    by Published on 08-02-2011 07:05 AM
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    EA SPORTS is launching EA SPORTS Season Ticket, a new subscription based service that will allow members to download full games early, a discount on DLC, free premium web content, and membership recognition.

    Available starting today in the X-Box Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network Store and exclusive North American retail partner GameStop, gamers can purchase a yearly membership for $24.99 (or 2000 MS Points) that will allow them to download full EA SPORTS titles over three days before the full retail release. The games confirmed to be part of the program at launch include: Madden NFL 12, FIFA 12, NHL 12, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13, and NCAA Football 13. More titles may be added at a later date, but NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is confirmed to not be part of the program. ...
    by Published on 11-20-2010 12:05 PM
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    In the latest edition of the Madden NFL developers podcast, creative director Ian Cummings & ratings expert Donny Moore were joined by a member of the Central Gameplay team, Larry Richart. Central Gameplay designers help keep a base code & features between the two EA Tiburon football franchises, Madden NFL and NCAA Football.

    While remaining vague in discussing the current project(s) Richart is working on, it was disclosed that defense (particularly zone coverage and assignment AI) and eliminating 'suction blocking' are among the focus areas for Central Gameplay, along with other aspects. Fellow Central Gameplay member Mike Scantlebury and designer Kasey Keltner have already been hard at work for months to help get zone coverages & assignment AI at a suitable level.

    Click Read More to see more of the topics discussed in the Madden NFL developers podcast, including Real-Time Physics, the move of NBA ELITE to EA Tiburon, questions from the community, assigning player ratings, & more. ...
    by Published on 11-03-2010 12:40 PM
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    This morning, the official NCAA Football twitter account posed this question to the community:

    "What's the one thing that you'd like to see added to the NCAA Football franchise to make it even better?"

    While we all have a list of items we'd like to see added, what 'one thing' would you pick above the rest? After you tweet your response, also share it here with the community.

    Don't forget to share your more detailed Wish Lists and Feedback and also share your thoughts in the 2010 NCAA Football Community Wish List Tournament. ...
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