College athletes who appeared in EA Sports video games in 2013 and 2014 will be financially compensated for the use of their likeness.
The sports video game colossus settled a lawsuit with nearly 25,000 players, who were collectively awarded $60 million on Tuesday. Most of the athletes will receive about about $1,600 each under the settlement, after lawyers take their 30 percent cut, according to ESPN.com.
The lawsuit was led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart and former Nebraska and Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller, who will receive an estimated $15,000 each. Twenty-one other players, including former Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro, will get $5,000 for being class-action representatives, according to the ESPN report.
The lawsuit forced EA Sports to discontinue its NCAA video game franchises, ending with “NCAA Football ’14,” which went on sale in July 2013.
[via Sporting News]