Sometime ago, Electronic Arts was sued in the court of law pertaining to alleged misleading and false statements that they had made with regards to the launch of Battlefield 4. However, the judge has ruled that the Battlefield 4 lawsuit be dismissed against them.
While many of the gamers would agree with the plaintiffs after having played the game upon launch, the US District Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California believes otherwise.
Illston maintained that the statements that were being purported as false and misleading were nothing more than ‘inactionable statements of opinion, corporate optimism or puffery,’ and further maintained that these were statements that no reasonable investor would rely on.
The Battlefield 4 lawsuit was filed back in December when the game released to a buggy launch.
The plaintiffs alleged that the investors were deceived by the company with regards to ‘the purported strength of the Company’s rollout of version 4 of its all-important Battlefield video game series, which had provided approximately 11% of its revenues in fiscal 2012.’
Well, EA might have won that lawsuit but they certainly have damaged the goodwill of the Battlefield series. Even the developers of the incoming Battlefield Hardline would feel that they need to be as perfect as possible if they are to make the game a real success in the market.
Not to forget Battlefield Hardline will also have the responsibility of restoring the faith of investors as well as the gaming community in the series.
So, what do you make of all that? Do you think that Electronic Arts was let off the hook too easily?
Anyhow, if you want to read up on the verdict of the court about the Battlefield 4 lawsuit you can get it here – though I think you’d probably get bored of the legal jargon.