Februrary 16, 2022 The Battlefield 2042 petition has now been signed by more than 200,000 people, just five days on from hitting the milestone of 150,000 signatures.
A petition to refund Battlefield 2042 players due to the state of the game has become one of the top-signed petitions on Change.org this month after a more than 200,000 people signed it. The amount of signatures could signal the start of legal proceedings being brought against EA to help secure those refunds, if the petition’s description is to be believed.
“EA’s release of Battlefield 2042 was a mockery of every customer who purchased this video game for $70 due to EA’s false advertising,” the petition reads. “Battlefield 2042 has cost consumers millions of dollars in damages and upset thousands of customers worldwide.”
Tucked further down in the petition is an interesting statement that might just hint that things could potentially take a more serious turn. “Suppose this petition receives 50K signatures or more. In that case, one of the best class-action lawsuit lawyers in the country is willing to take our case against EA.”
While it is unclear whether lawyers really are lined up and ready to take on the monolith that is EA, disgruntlement of this scale often attracts legal professionals who want to take on big consumer cases. What is clear though is that Battlefield fans are not happy and the pot is boiling over. “EA and DICE sold us all a half-baked broken game. This is not what we expected as consumers,” says Ted Barrera, one of the individuals who signed the petition.
The petition has become so popular on Change.org that the platform itself has acknowledged it, highlighting its widespread coverage in the press and encouraging further action.
“Keep signing and sharing, and know that your advocacy has led to a global conversation about consumer rights in the gaming industry,” the platform says in an update post on the petition.
These signature milestones come after the Season One update for Battlefield 2042 was delayed again, with only skins offered to those who bought the expensive Gold and Deluxe versions of the large-scale first-person shooter. Things have become so bad that 2018’s Battlefield 5 Steam player count was found to be six times higher than Battlefield 2042’s – a game that was only released in November of last year. What’s even worse is that some regions have already seen a mass exodus of players, leaving hardly any servers to even play on.
Since launching to mediocre reviews, Battlefield 2042 has been on the receiving end of criticism for a number of issues, including failing to provide basic legacy features that players want, like a more detailed scoreboard or in-game voice communication. With how rapidly the petition is gaining momentum, expect the number of signatures to climb even higher than this latest milestone.