How dare they.
By Liam Gilroy on February 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm
What do you think of Battlefield 4? It undeniably had its fair share of bugs at launch, but, as Bennet’s excellent review explained it’s not a complete travesty. But while its fans and detractors are usually content to hash out their differences using a variety of curse words on the internet, one law firm has decided to do something about it, bringing forth a class action lawsuit against EA for the troubles the game caused the corporation and its investors.
Yes, as Blue’s News notes, the oddly amateur looking Brower Piven firm have asked investors who lost money on EA stock during last year’s second half to participate in a class action suit as the lead plaintiff. As explained:
The complaint accuses the defendants of violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by virtue of the defendants’ failure to disclose during the Class Period that Battlefield 4, one of the Company’s signature video games, was riddled with bugs, connectivity issues, and several other problems that caused the EA unit publishing Battlefield 4 to put all other projects on hold to permit it to focus its efforts on fixing Battlefield 4. According to the complaint, following the November 15, 2013 disclosure that EA games experienced multiple glitches and significant crashes on the newly released Sony Play Station 4 console and the December 4, 2013 disclosure that bugs, connectivity issues, server limitations and other problems plaguing Battlefield 4 indefinitely halted the rollout of Battlefield 4 and delayed other EA projects, the value of EA shares declined significantly.
TL;DR – Battlefield 4 launched with significant bugs and connectivity issues, and the EA publishing unit responsible put all other products were put on hold to get everyone to focus on fixing it. Due to both the issues with Battlefield 4 and the halting of the other projects, EA’s shares declined in value.
To me that sounds like an incredibly odd reason to sue someone. It would be like if I accidentally bought a pair of daisy dukes and then had to wear them because all of my other clothes were in the wash, and then you were offended because I looked like a creepy idiot and you didn’t want to look at me. You’re hardly the primary party injured by my spectacular idiocy, and it seems like bad form to bring it up while I stand there in a pair of daisy dukes.
But what do I know? I’m not “A Professional Corporation”. And on the other hand, I certainly wouldn’t have a problem with someone stopping companies from releasing games before they are finished. We’ll let you know if any more details surface.
Source: Blue’s News