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EA won’t pay gun makers for rights in Battlefield 4

EA cuts ties to gun manufacturers and will use guns in games without any license.

From now on, EA won’t be paying gun manufacturers for rights to use the names and likeness of their weapons in Battlefield 4 and other shooters. EA announced that they are distancing themselves from doing business with gun makers after several deadly shootouts in the US, most notably the Newtown massacre. After Newtown, the NRA went on the offensive against the gaming industry, blaming the massacre on video games.

Battlefield 4 44 MagnumLast year, EA was criticized for promoting a gun manufacturer with Medal of Honor Warfighter. Now an EA spokesperson said that “they won’t do that again”. However, don’t expect Battlefield 4 and other shooters to start having fictional names. EA said that they’ll still continue to use real names without a license from the gun makers.

EA says that they have the right to use weapons in the game just as movies have rights to show them. The same goes for vehicles. In fact, EA preemptively sued Bell Helicopter last year for rights to use its Huey in BF3.

While most of the weapons in BF3 used their real names. However, some didn’t. The Glock 17 was called “G17”, and the “.44 Magnum” in the game was actually based on a Colt Anaconda.

Hopefully all Battlefield 4 weapons will have their authentic names and looks.

It is a bit ironic though, as EA wants to distance themselves from the gun makers, while they’re making games where the main purpose is to use said guns to kill people…

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  1. MalcontentMatt
    May 10th, 2013 at 11:54 am

    It’s NewtoWn…

  2. Scott
    May 10th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Difference is it is a fawking game, not real !!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. GunGuru
    May 10th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    The .44 Magnum is actually a Taurus Model 44, and was not based at all on a Colt Anaconda. IMFDB is a great research tool for guns in movies and video games, you should check them out. 🙂

  4. Kenneth Seabourne
    May 10th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Well this is BS because GUN Crime only Happen’s when you have “IDIOTS” that are not TRAINED or Licenced to Use them! and a Little Premeditated Disrespect.

    • sorete
      June 23rd, 2013 at 6:22 am


  5. Juan
    May 10th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    i wouldn’t say ironic. more like hipocritical on their part, though you can also say that it’s money saving, movies don’t do it, so why should EA pay for the same right movie studios get for free right? it makes business sense, hopefully that’s why they’re doing it.

  6. Endymion72
    May 10th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    …gun control is a controlled gun.

    Stop pointing the hypocrisy finger and trying to diss EA and other publishers/developers for distancing themselves from gun makers.

    They’re not doing it because they are deluded and earnestly believe that the video games they publish cause actual violence.

    It’s just a show for the public/anti-gun lobbyists, so that we, the players, don’t get f#cked by some media content law that would reduce FPS games to kid-friendly politically-correct christian-oriented crap.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they are still maintaining relationships with gun makers and are just using the names for free.

  7. Mac
    May 11th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    This has less to do with gun control or money than it does anger. Gun violence happens, people point the finger at gun makers and the gun makers point the finger at the video game industry. Would you pay money to a company that was accusing you of training murders? I wouldn’t. It was a shitty move on the NRAs part.

  8. zachary royall
    May 15th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    EA have cut the ties now. This does not mean they will be like this in BF4. They have probably got the licenses for BF4 already

  9. smd
    October 14th, 2013 at 3:45 am

    ironicaly….kids these days are trying to be a gunsmith wannabe’s just like these foul-mouthed COD kids

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