Gearbox and Sega Respond to Aliens Colonial Marines Lawsuit

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Gamers get mad when they feel they’ve been wronged. We all spend a lot of time at our keyboards, weighing in on this or that, getting all kinds of heated whenever we feel like there’s an injustice at hand. But sometimes, a few go that extra step of bringing their online anger to the real world. Such is the case of the class-action lawsuit that’s been filed against Sega and Gearbox Software over perceived consumer deception over Aliens Colonial Marines.

And while this suit—which alleges that demos of the game shown at conventions were active attempts at the game’s makers to dupe gamers into buying an inferior final product—has a relatively decent-seeming basis, cases like these rarely get too far.

So, it’s not surprising that Sega and Gearbox have come out with statements that look to discredit the suit entirely. Here’s what Sega had to say:

“SEGA cannot comment on specifics of ongoing litigation, but we are confident that the lawsuit is without merit and we will defend it vigorously.”

And then here’s Gearbox’s statement:

“Attempting to wring a class action lawsuit out of a demonstration is beyond meritless. We continue to support the game, and will defend the rights of entertainers to share their works-in-progress without fear of frivolous litigation.”

My only feeling on that last bit is that Gearbox’s statement regards the demo the company showed as a “work-in-progress.” The suit alleges (and it’s been pretty well established to now) that the demo that was shown wasn’t actually from the game that was released. It’d be like if I did a test-drive demonstration of a Ferrari and then sold a Ford Pinto with the Ferrari name on it. That’s not a perfect analogy, but that’s kind of the idea behind the litigation, at least to my eyes.

In the end, though, this suit will probably not go very far. We’ll provide further updates as we learn them.

[Via Kotaku]

  1. Both companies will obviously defend themselves, litigations are always about how everyone’s a saint and alls, but yeah, this will go nowhere, unless the available demo, the one on the consoles is misleading, nothing can or even should be done anyways.

  2. Serves stupid consumers right, wait until the review is out unless you know the game is going to be good instead of buying it on release day then complaining for half a century.

  3. The same crap happened to mass effect and history repeats it self, people never learn

  4. You can’t blame the consumer for stuff like this. If you’re shown a demo of something then you can’t be criticised for trusting that what you see will be the bare minimum that’s in the final game. Sure, people shouldn’t purchase things with reckless abandon, but even if you get past the absurd notion that no one should buy a product upon release, you still have to admit that consumer trust or gullibility, depending on how you want to look at it, is not an excuse for poor development.

  5. Wow!!! I didn’t believe in stupid people until I read Marks and Fondzea’s post! I guess morons do exist and to think they were the fastest sperm! MJJP is 100% correct! You pay to go to comicons, E3′s, gaming conventions to get exclusive videos, future game titles, working games in progress, and demos of future released games! How are you 2 rejects going to say its our fault (consumers) that we didn’t get what we paid for?! We read gaming magazines, watched the demo, and even seen YouTube videos of what the game “WILL” be like and then go sold shit! You must be imagrants bc that is NOT the American way! It’s called FALSE ADVERTISEMENT! Look it up!

    • You stupid twat, I never said anything like that, in fact if you read the subtext I even implied that both companies are guilty, all I said is that the lawsuit will go nowhere, because it wont, the judicial system will disregard the suit as every single other done before for similar reasons was.

  6. the problem is simple, gearbox showed us an early build that looked better than the actually game and claimed it to be ingame footage and then when the game came out they pulled a traditional bait and switch show a better product than what your actually delivering. Now if there’s a terms and conditions preventing mass litigation I would like to see that challenged thoroughly because it needs to be

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