EA faces more problems because of its poor rollout of Battlefield 4, the latest game from DICE that’s seen one of the worst videogame releases, and is still suffering from problems to this day, even after DICE has released a myriad of patches on all platforms to help fix the shooter’s issues.
The class action lawsuit lead by US law firm Robbins Geller which accuses the publisher of misleading investors on the performances of Battlefield 4 between July 24th and December 4th, and “charges Electronic Arts and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.”
EA is accused of issuing “materially false and misleading statements” between the two dates “highlighting 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.
“Based on the purported strength of the Battlefield 4 rollout then underway, defendants issued strong fiscal 2014 financial guidance for the Company and actually increased that guidance on October 29, 2013. The price of Electronic Arts’ stock steadily climbed on these statements, reaching a Class Period high of $28.13 per share by August 23, 2013 and allowing certain of Electronic Arts’ senior executives to sell their Electronic Arts stock at artificially inflated prices.”
The complaint also references Battlefield 4′s launch bugs, which saw the company’s share price dive after it was revealed that EA had halted development of future DICE projects and Battlefield 4 DLC in order to focus on fixing the game.
It continues: “The price of Electronic Arts stock fell on these disclosures, declining more than 7% from a close of $25.96 per share on November 14, 2013 to close at $24.06 per share on November 15, 2013. Then, on December 4, 2013, it was disclosed through discussions defendants had with video game bloggers that due to bugs, connectivity issues, server limitations, and various other problems plaguing Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts had been forced to indefinitely halt the Battlefield 4 rollout and other projects until the problems with Battlefield 4 could be fixed.
“The price of Electronic Arts shares declined on this news from a close of $22.34 on December 4, 2013 to close at $21.01 on December 5, 2013, sending the share price down more than 28% from its Class Period high.”
The complaint goes on to label statements made by EA between July 24th and December 4th as being “materially false and misleading because they failed to disclose and misrepresented the following adverse facts which were known to or recklessly disregarded by defendants:
“(a) Battlefield 4 was riddled with bugs and multiple other problems, including downloadable content that allowed players access to more levels of the game, a myriad of connectivity issues, server limitations, lost data and repeated sudden crashes, among other things;
“(b) as a result, Electronic Arts would not achieve a successful holiday season 2013 rollout of Battlefield 4;
“(c) the performance of the Electronic Arts unit publishing Battlefield 4 was so deficient that all other projects that unit was involved in had to be put on hold to permit it to focus its efforts on fixing Battlefield 4;
“and (d) as a result, Electronic Arts was not on track to achieve the financial results it had told the market it was on track to achieve during the Class Period.”
Battlefield 4 launched on October 29th, 2013, for last-gen consoles and released on PS4 and Xbox One when said consoles saw their respective launches in the month of November.
Via Business Wire.