09:51 AM - January 22, 2015 by MMChrisS
It seems that the NCAA Football and Tiger Woods video game series are just lightning rods for controversy. In a new lawsuit against Electronic Arts, White Knuckle IP, LLC is alleging that EA infringed upon their patent on how to update sports video games during the season.
According to the legal disclosure, prior games were fixed in their setup as of the day of release, and a player's outstanding performance or major trades during the season would not be reflected until the next version of the game was released. In the patent in question, it is said to solve the problem by downloading updates to game attributes that are based on real-life changes in players, teams, and venues.
Strangely enough, I'm not sure what exactly in NCAA Football 10-14 or Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10-14 that was updated in this manner to warrant such a lawsuit. It's also likely the suit is too broad to have any real chance -- as the games chosen and the patent being sued over almost don't seem to match up in any real way, and the vagueness of the actual text of the suit really doesn't lend much credence to it.
Regardless, we'll be looking for any new developments on this as time goes on.