EA Faces Third ‘Battlefield 4′ Lawsuit; Analyst Suggests Franchise Is Tarnished

Dec 28, 2013 by  

Battlefield 4 Third Lawsuit

Battlefield 4 came out of this year’s E3 hot. Some were heralding it as the end of Call of Duty‘s reign over the military FPS genre with destructible maps and 64-player matchmaking on consoles being huge draws for fans. This excitement didn’t just stop with the gamers though, as investors bought shares in EA with Battlefield 4 being a positioned as a potential CoD killer.

The reality of the situation is that that potential never came to fruition, with bug ridden multiplayer matches, lackluster game mode offerings (read our BF4 review), lost profiles and crashes all plaguing the game’s launch. The rushed launch hurt the franchise’s reputation and it didn’t help when DICE announced they were halting progress on further DLC until they fixed Battlefield 4′s issues. This prompted a drop of 28 points in EA’s stock between July 21st, 2013 and December 4th, 2013. Rightfully, this scared investors thus landing EA with two lawsuits over the buggy game. Well, it’s time to make that a possible third.

Law firm Brower Piven has begun chasing a class action lawsuit against EA according to a press release this week. The firm claims that EA knew about the problems Battlefield 4 had before release and decided to let the game hit the market regardless. Polygon reports that the law firm has of yet to file anything official and appears to only be exploring the opportunity of a case for now.

Battlefield 4 Tarnished

Analyst Timothy Green of The Motley Fool explains that the accusations being made by these lawsuits and how it could be seen as EA falsely inflating their stocks.

A class action lawsuit alleges that executives at EA knowingly over-promised on Battlefield 4, and that the vast technical problems were known to the company prior to launch. Optimistic guidance issued before the launch led EA’s shares to climb above $28, allowing some executives at the company to sell at inflated prices. The stock has fallen significantly since then.

Green does say that it will be near impossible to prove that management were intentionally inflating their prices so it “is therefore unlikely that this lawsuit amounts to much of anything.” He does however feel that the damage may have already been done in gamer’s eyes though. He calls the franchise “tarnished” and posits that military FPS gamers will be unlikely to adopt Battlefield over Call of Duty in the future, as “gamers are always going to choose the game that actually let’s them play.” EA is coming off a rough year where they were once again voted the worst company in America and saw another bungled always-online launch with the release of SimCity.

It is worth noting however, that the Motley Fool owns shares in Call of Duty publisher Activision, so perhaps take Green’s predictions with a pinch of salt.

What say you? Is Battlefield tarnished? Would you rather play Call of Duty for more stability? Is Battlefield 4 in working order for you now and did it deliver enough after BF3? Should EA slow down and avoid ruining the series?

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Soucres: Polygon, The Motley Fool

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  1. I have been playing BF4 for almost two months now on the PS4. I have not had any issues unless the servers are down for brief maintenance which has literally occurred maybe twice.

    This is by far the best online FPS that I have played to date. The weapons, vehicles and maps are amazing while the graphics, frame rate and server size are mind blowing.

    I feel bad for the people who aren’t able to enjoy this game like I am able to do because it is an awesome all around gaming experience. Could it be that the game is broken on last Gen systems and works fine on current Gen?

  2. Also, COD has always felt like a game geared towards younger gamers with ADD.

    BF has always been a more enjoyable experience for me because the maps are larger as well as for the simple fact that squads must strategize as a unit in order to properly overtake the opposition.

    To each their own I guess.

    • No your just stupid. I have had it with these developers coming out with these overly hyped games half heatedly made. There’s just no reason for it. I’ve paid over $109 to get it with the premium package and it’s bust. There are too many glitches on it and the weapon systems are unbalanced. This game makes my butt hurt.

      • No, it’s you that is stupid! Your opening insult is hilarious….it should’ve read:

        No, you’re just stupid. If you insult someone’s intelligence, make sure you know your grammar fool.

  3. I only bought BF4 because I saw it on sale, but even the $50 I spent was too much. The platform I play on is the PS4, and it’s riddled with problems to this day. The newest glitch I’ve encountered is entering a game only to find it kicks me back to zero rank at beginning of match. Therefore each time it does this it won’t add to my over-all score or allow me to progress. I’ve only reached rank 35, but this glitch makes it to where I progress at a snails pace when 75 percent of the time I lose my stats. Also get serious rubber-banding when playing conquest with 64 players. I often get stuck on a black loading screen which my longest wait time was a whopping 10min 32sec. Took me four attempts to make it through the campaign due to crashes and currupt save files. My info has since deleted again, but my trophies remained at least, however, I can forget going back to run a specific mission. I would have to start all over again. I originally wanted to upgrade to premium, but EA can forget receiving any further money from me. I will never again purchase a product with there logo again. I don’t even care if Titanfall is amazing… EA doesn’t care about the gamers. One last comment: Forget contacting EA… It’s near impossible. Tried calling customer support and it just hung up on me. No wonder they are rated worst. The biggest problem though is that they don’t seem to even care.

    • 3/24/14 i tried to play bf4 today on ps3. tried four different maps. each one hung up with frozen screen and frozen ps3 to the point that i had to reboot the ps3. other problems, freezing at end of map and never gives credit for the map you just played , freezing in between maps and never starting the next map , when starting a new game all your old wepons and stats are gone . i solved this problem by writing bf4 save data to a flash drive. anyone playing this game on a ps3 and is not having problems is very very very lucky!!!!!. i made a living repairing large scale business comupte for about 40 years , rca , sperry-univac ,unisys and ibm. when a processor hangs in a tight program loop and cant get out we called it silent death . at that point point you reboot .

    • You, know very well that the people at DICE are trying their hardest, and the halt of a DLC was to make people happy and fix the bugs. EA wants money, and once the contract is over with DICE I’m shire they will drop them. Easy as that. Find another co-producer and bring back the Battlefield we all know. If you remember, Battlefield 3 was like this on release….

  4. Very good its about time someone stood up for the lil people who just want to have fun with games without having issues. E a has been robbing people for years and should be stopped corrupting the gaming world

  5. Ive been a gamer most of my life, 80′s onwards, and ive never seen such crappy technical issues as this after 4 months and more!!, you wouldn’t buy a broken bike at full price even after they say they will fix it. EA are offering a product and a service, we pay full price for something they say works and advertise it working properly as such. Bottom line is that it doesn’t work!!!, the product or the service!!. As a consumer after buying the product and service, the advertised product and service doesn’t work even after 4 months!!! False advertisement!!!Hell Yes!!! We get angry at fraudsters defrauding people in the building industry, car industry, any industry that people pay good money then finding out they have been swindled, how would this be any different??? people saying we shouldn’t complain, well you can hand over your dollars to greedy people who sit back laugh at you then go off on high spending sprees and never have to work again, people who stand up for there rights are the ones who can feel the butt pounding at work and cry rape!!.

  6. Does anyone feel that they have been robbed? A game that’s not finished and they release it! Your getting mugged off by these developers! There laughing at us, £50 for a game and its broken before you put in the playstation, I WANT MY MONEY BACK, plus compensation, for wasting my time,

    • Another one.

      You’re getting mugged
      They’re laughing at us

      Spend more time learning grammar then playing these @#$% games!

  7. BF4 may be #$%%^#$$, but it’s a hell of a lot better then any other military FPS franchise out there….hands down.

    • I smell a fanboy.

      Bf4 is one of the worst games that has been released on new / old gen consoles and pc’s. If they have been unable to fix major and basic bugs within the 9 months its been released then there is good reason to believe they never will. By the time this game is even somewhat working for everyone; new, bigger, and better games will have already been released.

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