EA Is Being Sued Because Battlefield 4 Is Broken

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against EA by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, a law firm based in San Francisco.

The lawsuit, which can be read in its entirety here  (and there’s a press release with cliff notes here), accuses EA of “…[issuing] materially false and misleading statements highlighting the purported strength of the Company’s rollout of version 4 of its all-important Battlefield video game series.” In other words: EA lied during and about the development of Battlefield 4. The lawsuit continues, saying “defendants issued strong fiscal 2014 financial guidance for the Company…[EA's] stock steadily climbed on these statements…allowing certain of Electronic Arts’ senior executives to sell their Electronic Arts stock at artificially inflated prices.”

The lawsuit lists several EA and DICE executives as defendants, including EA CEO Andrew Wilson, COO Peter Moore, CFO Blake Jorgensen, former EA Labels President Frank D. Gibeau (who now serves as the EVP of EA Mobile), and EA Studios EVP and DICE founder Patrick Söderlund. These executives allegedly sold over $13 million worth of “artificially inflated” stock

While the PC version of Battlefield 4 has been relatively stable, the Xbox One and PS4 versions are in rougher shape. The lawsuit specifically mentions the PS4 version and how users are “being subjected to multiple glitches and significant crashes when attempting to play Electronic Arts’ titles on PS4.”

There might be another lawsuit on the way, too, since Atlanta-based law firm Holzer Holzer & Fistel is investigating EA on similar grounds (we’re not sure if both firms are/were working on the same class action suit or not).

Lawsuit links via Polygon.

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5 Comments on EA Is Being Sued Because Battlefield 4 Is Broken

SupremeAllah

On December 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

So I assume there’s only a potential for a payout if you actually own EA stock, not if you just bought a broken game.

psycros

On December 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

What we really need is gamers issuing class actions over broken games rather than a bunch of millionaire brokers suing for stock manipulation. Its high time we started pushing back against half-finished crapware. It was bad enough when the internet allowed nearly every game to be a beta-in-a-box – now the devs are so rushed and/or lazy that we’re getting unplayable games every other Wednesday. Or how about this notion: software warranties. We have software patents protecting developers – why aren’t there any protections for the consumer? How does one industry get a pass while all the others are held accountable? Yes, the value of games and even applications can be highly subjective regarding their *content* but technical issues regarding basic stability and operation aren’t nearly so open to interpretation. If 75% of users can’t run a game for more than five minutes w/o a crash or – weeks after its launch – STILL can’t connect to a server, that’s a lemon. Same goes for major problems with sound, video, control input and basic game functionality. (In fact I’d say that being unable to connect to a server during the initial surge of traffic is inexcusable..companies can always rent some racks to handle the first wave). Remember, if a big developer doesn’t have a large-scale beta for their upcoming release, their hiding something.

Logan

On December 20, 2013 at 11:28 pm

K just want to say that the pc version has not been stable at all, like really?

thewickedjon

On December 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

well you can tell when you empty the magazine clip on some dude, you see him flinching, bleediing and hear him screaming in pain, then he suddenly turns around, fires ONE shot, and your dead. He walks away with 8% of life.

Then you start realizing how broken the game is.

This ofcurse happens before the game gives you an active X error and crashes.

:)

Xx_ElPhoenix_xX

On December 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Wow, to even state that the PC version is stable is a slap in the face to all PC players who bought the game and have experienced issue after issue after issue to include the latest patch basically negating the use of SLI or Crossfire modes for people with multiple video cards installed. What bothers me the most about this latest issue is that this problem was not an issue leading up to the December 16th Patch. Lets also not forget all the people who forked over $70.00 for the game and another $50.00 for Premium at the onset of the release only to feel swindled and then slapped in the face once again with EA’s Price Slash for Black Friday.

Talk about getting butt hurt on this one, I found a work around for the latest patch that actually made the game worse or did not fix most if not any of the stated FIXES. But the game still crashes on a regular basis during the few hours I play a day or every other day.

As far as I am concerned, screw the morons who got Butt Hurt on the stock insider BS, take care of the consumer because without us, you would not have a pot to piss in!