EA being sued over Battlefield 4 bugs – law suit mentions attempt to blame PS4 firmware update

An investor is suing EA over Battlefield 4‘s buggy release state. The shooter currently suffers numerous issues and the class action law suit claims senior executives knew but lied to raise stock prices while selling shares. That includes, at one point, blaming Sony.

EA being sued over Battlefield 4 bugs

The filing states that bosses basically knew the game was broken and would require post-launch fixing resulting in bad press, lost sales and reduced forecasts for investors. There’s even mention EA attempted to deflect the blame onto a PS4 firmware update.

That statement was posted on an EA support site and clearly pointed the finger saying, “Sony has released a firmware update for the PlayStation 4 that is required for many features on the console. However, this update also results in stability issues while playing games on the system. This affects all games on the PS4, including EA titles, causing crashing/freezing and non-responsive connections between the player’s console and their TV screens. Unfortunately since it’s an issue with Sony’s firmware, it requires a new update to fix it.”

It was pulled almost instantly with EA claiming it had been put up in error. EA has responded, to the overall law suit saying “We believe these claims are meritless. We intend to aggressively defend ourselves, and we’re confident the court will dismiss the complaint in due course.”

The key parts of the claim revolve around executives like EA Labels president Frank Gibeau making $5.69 million from stock sold based on the positive projections. That’s tied to encouraging statements made in investor calls. These include EA boss Peter Moore claiming EA “couldn’t be happier with the quality of the games [its] teams [were] producing” and CEO Andrew Wilson stating DICE had done “a spectacular job to deliver a game that not only represents the pinnacle of this console generation but one that is also a defining title for the next-gen consoles launching in November.”

So it’s not a ‘fan with a grudge’ style law suit but a legitimate business thing: the claimant saying that EA lied to boost company share prices, knowing that the game was broken and would miss targets. Apparently the suit was filed on behalf of anyone who bought stock between July 24th and December 4. That first date is when first quarter fiscal results came out (painting a lovely, ‘Battlefield 4′s going to be great’ picture) while the second is when EA announced it was stopping all DICE projects to focus on fixing the problems.

Thanks Gamesindustry.biz 1, 2