Lawsuit Accuses EA Of Lying About Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4's PC version has had some problems since launch. For some, this is an annoyance and an inconvenience. For others, it's grounds for a lawsuit.


We've already seen one firm consider taking the giant publisher to court, but there's now a second, filed in a U.S. District Court and which is the first step towards a class-action lawsuit.


As reported by Gamasutra, securities law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP have filed on behalf of a Mr. Ryan Kelly "and anyone else who purchased EA stock between July 24 and December 4 of this year."

The suit will claim the same as the first: that EA essentially lied during Battlefield 4's development, repeatedly boasting of the "quality" of a game that they knew would be marred by technical woes after launch in order to boost sales.

I see two things wrong with this. The first is that I think they're using different definitions of the word "quality". EA seem to be referring to the quality of the content, while the suit is referring to quality in terms of functionality.

Example: "Hey, this story is great!", vs, "Hey, this book's pages are falling out!".


The second is that it also seems bananas. It sucks when a game doesn't work, but taking a company to court over it - when that company has had to deal with the complexity of PC compatibility and has worked continually to fix those issues since launch - seems a tad extreme, at least so soon after release, and sets a very dangerous precedent.

EA taken to court by investors over Battlefield 4 [Gamasutra]

Complaint [Case Docs]

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Luke Plunkett

Why is it a dangerous precedent?

Keep suing companies for technical problems and see what kind of games you get, and how often you get them.

(You won't like either).