Another Lawsuit Tossed Onto EA’s Battlefield 4 Pile

Maryland law firm Brower Piven is seeking EA shareholders for a third Battlefield 4-related class-action lawsuit this week. This one claims that EA knew that BF4 would be broken when it hit, and thus subsequent shareholder losses when the company’s stock price dropped are on them directly.

This suit and the others are pretty similar, and it’s not hard to see why, with allegations that EA execs dumped stock ahead of their flagship launch for 2013.

All of this is why I wrote earlier this week that one of the big things game companies have to do going forward is not release broken games. These lawsuits are at minimum a giant PR headache that isn’t going away quickly, and could end up being much worse. That’s not to say EA and DICE definitely knew all this would happen, but this sort of thing is now a trend, and so there’s little excuse for not overemphasizing QA at this point.

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4 Comments on Another Lawsuit Tossed Onto EA’s Battlefield 4 Pile

Patches

On December 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

Released broken games = Business as usual for EA…

(C&C 4, Mass Effect 3, SimCity, etc…)

max

On December 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

ppl should stop crying at EA for realease a game on MANY platforms at once with bugs, while Rockstar had problems with getting a game out on only old ty consoles…………… Why not SUE rockstar for letting down PC gamers ?

Bob

On December 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

max you are an idiot

JawaEsteban

On December 21, 2013 at 6:49 pm

@max
Because this lawsuit (and the others mentioned) have nothing to do with gamers, PC or console variety. Said lawsuit was brought by shareholders who, we can likely assume, own fairly large amounts of Electronic Arts stock. Many of them may have not played a videogame in a decade or longer.

This has very little to do with whether or not B4 quote unquote ‘sucks’. It’s a question of if EA knew that the game was badly bugged before launch and, instead of communicating that information or delaying the launch until it could be fixed, told shareholders that everything was fine. The argument here is that by doing so, EA held back relavant financial information that would be used to gauge what would happen to the company stock price after the launch and by so doing defrauded investors.

Legally messy, but the firm wouldn’t have taken the case if it the decsion makers didn’t think they had a reasonable chance of success.