Welcome to the New Shacknews

You're currently viewing the beginning of a full site renovation for Shacknews.com. You might find something working oddly. If you do, let us know! More exciting new features to follow.

Final Fantasy XI lawsuit dismissed

A US court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed against Square Enix back in 2009, which accused it of sneaky-doings, concealing information related to its fees and service.

3

A class-action lawsuit filed against Square Enix back in 2009, complaining about Final Fantasy XI, has been dismissed by a US court. It was accused of "deceptive advertising, unfair advertising, and fraudulent concealment to conceal certain critical information about their online games."

The suit [PDF link], filed in June 2009, sought over $5 million in damages. It claimed that Square Enix deliberately concealed information concerning monthly fees, "licensing of the online game software disguised as a sale," "termination of the right to use the online game for late payment of the fees," and other things one expects from an MMORPG.

It was light on actual evidence backing up these claims, or even explaining what exactly they were upset with, so it's almost surprising this took so long to turf out. The suit was finally dismissed--with prejudice, no less--on December 20, Gamasutra spotted.

This wasn't the only legal upset Square Enix caused with Final Fantasy XI, mind. In 2008, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation trying to force MMO developers to have a way to cancel subscriptions online, inspired by complaints from the father of a FFXI player.

From The Chatty

  • reply
    December 28, 2011 4:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Final Fantasy XI lawsuit dismissed.

    A US court has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed against Square Enix back in 2009, which accused it of sneaky-doings, concealing information related to its fees and service.

    • reply
      December 28, 2011 4:08 PM

      As someone who tried to play this game, I learned a hard lesson from them. If they go to charge your card, and can't because of insufficient funds, they will completely close your account forever and deem it fraud. Any other MMO is just like, "Okay, we can't charge your card, you can't play till you update." SE is like, "We can't charge your card, you lied to us and fraudulently created your account. You're permabanned." Just silly that things like that can happen.

      • reply
        December 28, 2011 4:45 PM

        Ouch.

      • reply
        December 28, 2011 5:07 PM

        I don't know if this ever changed, but at one point even if you cancelled normally, if you tried to re-activate and it had been more than 6 months (I might have the length of time wrong, but I think it was 6), you had to actually re-purchase the game at full price and couldn't ever access your old characters.

      • reply
        December 28, 2011 5:53 PM

        I never ran into these problems during my 2.5 yrs playing.

    • reply
      December 29, 2011 8:42 AM

      i miss this game :(