EA’s having a pretty rough Christmas as far as headlines go. A couple weeks ago, it had to say it was putting all projects on hold to focus on fixing Battlefield 4. Shortly after that, its stock was graded as “dangerous.” Now the company is heading to court, apparently.
According to a report from Gamasutra, EA is being taken to court for lying about the quality of Battlefield 4 on behalf of anyone who purchased EA stock between July 24 and Dec. 4 of this year.
The filed complaint names EA and a number of EA executives, including Peter Moore, as defendants, stating that they “knowingly or recklessly made false or misleading public statements about the quality of Battlefield 4 in a gambit to juice sales.” It says that they knew the problematic state of the game and did not disclose its nonfunctional status.
This will likely be hard to prove. As Gamasutra says, the firm filing the complaint suggests that the defendants must’ve known how bad the game was because of their senior positions. I’d guess it’s just the opposite, that they were probably a little disconnected from the product they were hyping on stage. If this goes to court, presumably emails and other evidence will come to light that will reveal the truth.
The full text of the complaint is available on the firm’s website for anyone who gets into that sort of thing.