Activision is Being Sued Over the Guitar Hero TV Shutdown

Lucas White

As reported by Ars Technica, someone who bought Guitar Hero Live last year is now suing Activision, the publisher, for false advertising among other charges after the company announced it would be shutting down the Guitar Hero TV mode earlier this year.

Doing the math, Ars Technica figured that the Guitar Hero TV shutdown, which is set to occur in December, will be rendering a whopping 92 percent of the game’s music unplayable. The plaintiff in the case, Robert Fishel, is arguing that Activision’s marketing led him to believe that the service would be around much longer, and that Activision’s disclaimer that Guitar Hero TV was subject to change at any time, was not displayed visibly enough in any of the game’s materials.

The lawsuit cites Activision’s marketing for Guitar Hero Live as describing the Guitar Hero TV mode as an always-on, constantly-updated service that runs 24/7, and that Fishel would not have made his (heavily discounted due to poor performance) purchase had he known the shutdown was on the horizon. The argument here is that Fishel’s expectation to have long-term access to the game’s live content is a “reasonable” expectation, the validity of such a statement likely being the subject of discussion should this matter make it to court.

[Source: Ars Technica]

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