Besides, a nobody, unless they've got a compelling story is going to be a rather big risk, even if you're talking about a "mere" $50k license there. The truth of the matter is this: They wanted to give the Linux space a leg up- and give themselves a bit of good advertising, esp. with the crowd most likely to be signing up for the engine. If it were me, I'd go with someone moderately likely to succeed with the engine.
I don't believe that anyone should use the excuse that "XYZ has the market cornered". If that was the case then nobody should be using anything other then windows.
All that being said, who was ever the dumb ass moron at EA that decided US commentators in their NHL series would be better then the crew that does Hockey Night in Canada should be shot. Having Ron MacLean and Don Cherry would of added a new dimension to that sport series.
It's "Anderson II: The Rise of R'lyeh," not the rise of Cthulu.
The premise sounds horribly hackneyed and cheesy, mixing Lovecraft's Cthulu mythology with silly Mayan interpretations in a bad way.
Seriously you watch a US broadcast hockey game and you would swear the announcers were calling a slow paced baseball game. There aren't to many US play-by-play men that can keep up to the colour commentators that Canada has calling hockey.
Congratulations to the winners. I am looking forwards to meeting the teams.