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