It became known that a class action lawsuit was filed against Google, Id Software and Bungie. The plaintiffs’ claims relate to statements by Google, which promised Stadia users the ability to play games at 4K resolution, but this feature was never fully implemented.
The class action was reportedly referred to federal court in New York. According to the plaintiffs, Google misled Stadia users by saying that the streaming platform allows games to be played in 4K resolution. Before launching the service, Google stated that the platform would “more powerful than Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro combined”, Especially in terms of support for broadcasting content with 4K resolution.
However, after the launch of the service, it turned out that many games do not actually support 4K, but scale the resolution from a lower one. Plaintiffs argue that by collecting pre-orders and not offering full details of the Stadia platform’s ability to stream 4K content, “Google made false and misleading claims about the quality of Stadia’s streaming service to boost its revenue“.
As for Id Software and Bungie, the claims are related to the advertising of the Doom Eternal and Destiny 2 games on the Stadia platform. In the ad, the developers also promised support for 4K, but in fact, none of the games mentioned supported this resolution after launch. Plaintiffs say that Id Software “misappropriated millions of dollars in revenue»Thanks to this advertisement.
The plaintiffs are seeking financial compensation for a number of different facts. In addition, they ask the court to order Google to tell users the actual supported resolution and frame rate for each game published on the Stadia platform. The class action lawsuit is aimed at protecting users of the Google service in the United States, who, on June 6, 2019, subscribed to one of the available tariffs due to advertising, which said that Stadia will be more productive than game consoles and will provide support for 4K resolution.
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