EA Being Sued Over Battlefield 1943 Promise
EA, makers of the Battlefield series of games, are being sued for promises made regarding PS3 users and the game Battlefield 3. At a press event earlier in the year to promote the game, EA promised that any users who purchased the game for the PS3 would also receive a bonus copy of the popular and well selling title Battlefield 1943. This seemed to have a great affect and many users pre-ordered the game for the PS3 console.
On the day the game was released, EA informed buyers that they had no intentions of following through with those promises. This angered a lot of the game’s buyers.
The law firm of Edelson McGuire has filed the suit against the game manufacturer. They claim in the suit that EA “misled and profited from thousands of their customers by making a promise that they could not, and never intended, to keep”. Part of the suit also emerges from how EA handled the situation and how the information came out after the game was already released. Apparently, the clarification on the issue came from replies to users on Twitter and not through an official press release.
EA changed their stance and responded with a different offer: “In lieu of 1943 being available on disk for PS3 customers, EA has made all BF3 expansions available early to PS3 customers.”
EA will now face legal action in a case of Bait-and-Swicth.