Battlefield 4 Problems Have Shareholder Law Firm Thinking Lawsuit

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A law firm that appears to specialize in suing publicly traded companies suffering publicly embarassing problems has turned its attention to Electronic Arts, specifically over Battlefield 4.

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The "investigation" that Atlanta firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel has begun concerns whether EA "complied with federal securities laws" when the company was making statements about Battlefield 4 during its development and after its release. It's not a lawsuit, but sure sounds like the threat of one. It could also be PR for a firm dedicated to this kind of work.

Battlefield 4 has had several problems since its launch, of course, from laggy netcode plaguing online play to repeated crashes on all platforms. Several patches have been pushed out, with many more fixes and solutions in the works, but the bug-swatting operation is large and conspicuous enough that Electronic Arts said it would not build any new expansions or DLC for Battlefield 4 until it solved these problems.

That statement, to Kotaku, was dated Dec. 4; the law firm said it's looking into statements made between July 24 and Dec. 4. It didn't say what specifically was problematic about EA's statements.

The firm touts its focus on shareholder representation, and in the past six weeks has opened three other investigations, including one on Monday into Barnes & Noble, whose stock price dropped after the SEC announced it was investigating improper accounting practices there.

Electronic Arts' stock price has dropped about $4 since Nov. 12, and lost $2 the day after its Dec. 4 remarks on postponed DLC plans. It still is more than $5 higher than where it was at this time last year, and in September reached a five-year high.

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Reached by Kotaku, Electronic Arts declined to comment on the firm's activity.

Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC Announces Investigation into Electronic Arts, Inc. [News release via Wall Street Journal]

DISCUSSION

OK, so, I'm not saying these bugs all don't exist. Again, I am not denying their existence. But I wanted to chime in and say I haven't noticed anything besides perhaps random lag spikes which could very well have been my connection.

I've had a crash-to-desktop or two, but I chalk that up to typical PC gaming, it always happens a few times. For me, BF4 has been enjoyable and stable, and I haven't noticed anything outside of the norm wrong. Now, this may also be because I tend to be laid back. I log on, play the game, have fun and am not a douchebag, something that tends to trouble many people. I just play and have fun and I haven't even noticed specific bugs, because it's a game and it's fun. I'm not scoring it on a rubric.

Just my two cents.