THE BUZZ: EA’s decision to back out on promised promotional material is coming back to bite them. Kotaku is reporting that the law firm Edelson McGuire is suing EA, saying they, “misled and profited from thousands of their customers by making a promise that they could not, and never intended, to keep.” The promise was to give free copies of Battlefield 1943 to Playstation 3 owners, which EA eventually pulled back on, deciding that offering early DLC would make up for the lack of free game. Edelson McGuire is arguing that EA only backed out of the offer after preorders were for the first person shooter were made, and after that did a poor job of telling gamers about the change in plans by only doing so through their official Twitter feed.
If all goes according to plan the law firm will get, “compensatory relief” for their trouble and Playstation 3 gamers will also probably get a small insignificant amount of compensation.
EGM’s TAKE: Ah lawyers, the pillars of our society. This issue, as with most, should be handled outside of a courtroom between EA and their customers. Now we’re not advocating an online petition, because frankly we have a better chance of convincing the law firm to donate its profits to Child’s Play, but we’d argue that most gamers that preordered Battlefield 3 with the free copy of Battlefield 1943 in mind were aware of EA’s change of heart and could have very easily not bought the game. Suing over preorder promises is a dangerous precedent to set.
So what do you think, do you feel slighted?