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.