Battlefield 4 screenshot
Battlefield 4 screenshot

The class action lawsuit filed against EA accusing it of releasing "materially false and misleading statements" in the build up to Battlefield 4's launch "doesn't look good" for the publisher, UK law firm Sheridans has told The Guardian.

Battlefield 4 screenshot

Commenting on the legal battle, which could go to court next year, Sheridans' Alex Tutty said: "This is a problematic case, and it doesn't look good for EA, simply from a PR point of view. Looking at the fact as presented by Robbins, Geller, Rudman and Dowd, there does seem to be a case to answer.

"However, we've only seen one side of the argument. Companies do give this sort of guidance, and it is important to be accurate, but it is just guidance based on what they know at the time. You'd have to prove that they knowingly gave false information, and it would be difficult to know about all the bugs that would crop up on the PlayStation 4 version. EA can probably produce a lot of evidence to suggest they didn't perceive the extent of the problem, or didn't have sight of it until after launch."

The lawsuit was filed by Robbins Geller on Tuesday – the same law firm, Tutty points out, that "handled the Enron class action" in the early 2000s.

"They are a securities law firm, this is what they do," Tutty says. "The firm obviously believes there is a case to answer, and in order to take it forward they need to find a plaintiff – someone who has suffered financial harm in this period due to purchasing shares on the basis of the statements made."

EA branded the lawsuit as "meritless" earlier in the week, and stated that it intends to "aggressively defend" itself against the allegations.

As well as being accused of releasing misleading statements about the strength of Battlefield 4, the lawsuit also alleges senior executives at the publisher of having sold shares at "artificially inflated prices".


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hellsingagent's Avatar


what about the gamers. they bought the game and invested that money in a faulty product. why leave them out, especially the people who bought premium? thats almost if not more than 100$. seems kinda lame when the stock was selling for less than that.
Posted 05:06 on 08 January 2014
Freekill's Avatar


This might be a good thing because big publisher always lie to the public, if this gets big and EA loses it might make publishers more curious about lying.
Posted 12:52 on 29 December 2013
IronMit's Avatar


The 'No A,B,C ending' absolutest statements for ME3 seem like an easier lawsuit to me then this Battlefield4 issue.
Posted 22:19 on 23 December 2013
b23cdq's Avatar

b23cdq@ KamSage

Not really. If EA goes down, they'll sell. They'll try to get as much money out of this as possible.
Posted 11:40 on 21 December 2013
9193bb's Avatar


Ea won't die they aren't going to liquidate the company. However hopefully the claimants will be successful because releasing games in this state really does need to stop.
Posted 10:10 on 21 December 2013


EA can't go down, otherwise Bioware and DICE could be severely effed. EA own the Star Wars license in making games. That could mean no Battlefront or KotOR sequel.

I don't like EA, but they have enough hostages that if they go down and take everyone else with them, a lot of creativity and great games could be lost.
Posted 20:41 on 20 December 2013
WhatISayGoes's Avatar


ALWAYS nice to see EA getting done up like a hoe.
Maybe EA will get anally destroyed how they try to give it to their customers on a regular basis.
Posted 16:35 on 20 December 2013

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