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Google, Id and Bungie are the subject of a Stadia lawsuit



Google, Id Software and Bungie are the subject of a class action lawsuit alleging that the companies misled customers by saying that Stadia games could be played in 4K resolution. Reported by ClassAction.org, the lawsuit was filed last year in Queens County Superior Court, but has now been transferred to a federal court in New York. The lawsuit, filed by plaintiff Jacqueline Shepherd, centers around claims from Google ahead of Stadia’s release that the streaming platform would be “more powerful than both Xbox One X and Playstation 4 Pro combined”, especially in its ability to stream games in 4K resolution .

At launch, however, it became clear that many Stadia games did not push a true 4K image, but upscale from lower resolutions. By allowing pre-launch pre-orders, and not offering full information about the platform̵

7;s ability to push 4K, the plaintiff claims that, “Google made false and misleading claims about the streaming quality of Stadia’s service to generate increased revenue for the Google Stadia division.”

Plaintiff includes Id Software and Bungie in the suit due to advertising for Doom Eternal and Destiny 2 at Stadia, which included reviews of 4K resolutions – but none of the games went on true 4K at release. Plaintiff alleges that Id, in particular, “wrongfully generated millions of dollars in revenue as a result” of these allegations. Id has denied any liability or misdemeanors.

The plaintiff seeks financial compensation for a number of different factors, as well as an order that forces Google to show the true resolution and frame rate for each game sold at Stadia.

The group application seeks to cover any person in the US who from June 6, 2019 onwards purchased a Stadia Founder’s Edition, Stadia Premier Edition or Stadia Pro subscription due to information that Stadia was more powerful than other consoles, or would run all games in 4K . It is unclear how far the lawsuit will go, but we will update you as we learn more.

Stadia recently closed all its in-house development studios – allegedly in part due to Microsoft’s Bethesda acquisition – but says the service will receive more than 100 games by 2021. However, this does not include Terraria, as the developer has boycotted Goggle after being locked out of a number of Google Accounts.

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