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Battlefield video games face another battle

Electronic Arts faces another class action lawsuit

Another class-action lawsuit has been brought against Electronic Arts, Inc. in connection with the game Battlefield 4 for allegedly misleading investors over the conditions of the game. Nationally-recognized Law firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein joins other firms in filing class action lawsuits against the game maker Electronic Arts whose Battlefield 4 game which is said to be riddled with problems since its release last year. The game was designed for Sony’s PlayStation 4 video game console.

Specifically, the complaint alleges that defendants’ product was “plagued” with glitches and other problems including connectivity issues, server limitations, lost data and repeated sudden crashes. The suit also alleged that as a result of these problems, Electronic Arts would not achieve a “successful 2013 holiday season rollout of Battlefield 4.”  The litigation also alleges performance of the Electronic Arts unit publishing Battlefield 4 was so deficient that all its other projects had to be put on hold so that it could focus on fixing the problems with Battlefield 4.

The suit alleges the incident happens between July 24, 2013 and December 4, 2013. Investors have until February to join the suit and can contact Sharon M. Lee of Lieff Cabraser toll-free at 1-800 541-7358.

The game has been embattled since it was released as players were experiencing scores of glitches and crashes. In fact, frustrated consumers took a BF4 forum, posting their annoyances with the makers of the game. “Many of us paid over a hundred dollars for a game that was so clearly not ready for release and while I truly believe that some DICE devs are sorry, I don’t see flipping a few switches to give players extra experience as anything but damage control,” posted one user. “If EA/DICE are truly sorry, they can show it through action. More developer-player interaction, involve the community in balance decisions, constant updates on patch progress, FULL patch notes, Premium content that isn’t camo. I won’t want to be so negative. I’d like to see double XP as a start. I sincerely hope that EA/DICE follows through.”


Further reading:

EA could face securities litigation action following problematic game release

Court decides on football likeness rights issue in video games

SEC says Christian video game maker schemed with investor

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