Class-action filed against EA over broken Battlefield 1943 promise

Friday, 18th November 2011 22:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Legal firm Edelson McGuire has filed a class-action lawsuit against EA on behalf of consumers who were promised a free copy of Battlefield 1943 as an incentive to purchase the PS3 version of Battlefield 3.

According to the lawsuit, the main complaint is not so much that EA reneged on the offer, but that it did so after consumers already purchased BF3 with the expectation of receiving BF1943. Adding further insult to the injury, is the fact that EA announced the deal change over Twitter instead of a more formal venue, which resulted in many consumers missing out on the announcement.

The firm is also none-to-pleased with the replacement deal of handing out BF3 expansions “early to PS3 customers” as pacifier, which the firm feels does not compensate with the loss of a full videogame.

Furthermore, the suit claims that since the BF1943 offer enticed thousands of consumers to purchase the PS3 version over a PC or 360 copy, the firm has “misled and profited from thousands of their customers by making a promise that they could not, and never intended, to keep.”

A spokesperson for the law firm which filed the suit, has told Kotaku that those they represent are only after “compensatory relief”, meaning they only want their copy pf Battlefield 1943 as was originally intended.

We’ll keep you posted with any further updates on the case.



  1. John117

    Wait, so EA had no deal with Sony regarding the BF1943 offer? Or how could EA just cancel the offer without breaking some agreement with Sony? :S Didnt even hear about a free copy of 1943 so wonder how many bought the game with the intention of getting a free extra game :O

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    They probably paid Sony their dues.

    The sad thing is that corporations would never accept an agreement of the standard that they present to the consumers themselves.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. ASBI

    @1 u didnt hear about the free copy ? i think it was anounced in E3 2011 (?)

    now thats what im talking about , lets hope the first bioshock is included in bioshock : infinite :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. GrimRita

    This is EA after all. They think they can do what they want. Its about time someone challenged this arse of a company.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Cygnar

    There was probably plenty of negotiation between EA and Sony; if they didn’t have plans for this deal to happen, they would not have advertised it to consumers. The deal apparently fell through towards the end.

    There is always more to a deal than what consumers see. Free copies of games do not pay for themselves, and the two companies had to hash out the details of who would pay for bandwidth, how much compensation Sony would offer EA for each download, when the download would become available, and so on. How they couldn’t reach an agreement is beyond me. Getting sued is expensive, and no one would have wanted this result.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. JimFear-666

    I dont get it… Maybe because im not american and i dont sue anyone for nothing…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. themadjock

    Steph, repeated word firm on the first line

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Whilst i dont think its worth the bother, i agree with the principle; EA blatantly let people think this was still on the disc right in till people discovered it wasnt for themselves. The least the could have dont was say it wasnt happening any more before the game shipped.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Shokaku

    BF1943 – best battlefield multiplayer ;] very classic and cool atmosphere

    #9 3 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    remake the other 2 maps in frostbyte 2.0, add the WWII weapon, character and vehicle skins, release as part of Back to Karkand, everybody happy.

    #10 3 years ago

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