Newsbreak: Video Gamers Sue to Play Online [Video]


 

Larry Bodine, editor-in-chief of Lawyers.com provides today’s Newsbreak about what happens when you tell millions of video game players that they can no longer compete against each other online.

Competing online is huge. For example, 5,000,000 people a day use Electronic Arts Internet services to play each other online using Xbox Live, Nintendo Wi-Fi connection and PlayStation Network.

Recently, a class action lawsuit filed in New York federal court charged EA with false advertising and breach of warranty for cutting off online gameplay on several popular games.

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Justin Bassett of Brooklyn filed the case. He bought some of the most popular games like EA Madden NFL 10, NCAA Football and Tiger Woods PGA Tour for $60 apiece. EA told buyers on the game labeling and packaging that they could play online indefinitely. The gamers say they would not have bought the games or would have paid less for them if they had known that EA would stop supporting online play. The gamers are seeking at least $5 million in damages plus restoration of online gameplay.

EA retires online play of older games after releasing newer versions of the game. On its website, EA says, “The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy. We would rather our hard-working engineering and IT staff focus on keeping a positive experience for the other 99% of customers playing our more popular games.”

EA has retired 20 games so far in 2013, including BattleForge, The Sims Social for Facebook and Rock Band for iPad and iPhone.

Stay tuned as the court case goes to the next level.

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