Helldivers 2 Controversy Could Spell Seriously Hot Water for Sony PlayStation as Fan Gets Class Action Lawsuit Started – This is Unprecedented

Player threatens to sue Sony over mandatory PSN accounts to Steam linking.

Helldivers 2 Controversy Could Spell Seriously Hot Water for Sony PlayStation as Fan Gets Class Action Lawsuit Started - This is Unprecedented

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  • One player is planning to take legal action against Sony's latest mandate regarding Helldivers 2.
  • Helldivers 2 developers are being harassed by the gaming community over the account linking announcement.
  • The integration of Steam and PlayStation Network could be the downfall of Helldivers 2.
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Helldivers 2 is one of the most successful games of the year from Arrowhead Game Studios and Sony. Despite the success, the game is under fire after the publisher announced that PC users will require a PlayStation Network account moving forward to continue playing the game.

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The gaming community is understandably upset and has threatened to take legal action against the publisher. It may seem silly for players to sue a company over this decision but there are valid grounds that may affect the future of the live service game.

Helldivers 2 Players Are Threatening to Sue Sony

Helldivers 2 players are upset about the need to link a PlayStation Network to Steam.
Helldivers 2 players are upset about the need to link a PlayStation Network to Steam.

The gaming community can be known to be vocal but one player is showing extreme boldness with his intent to file a case against the publisher. The main reason is that the video game is being sold to regions where the service is not even available or supported which could render the purchases of those residing in those regions to be useless.

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Class Action Lawsuit Against Sony
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It is a noble act to see someone stand up for someone else and the player’s claims are now raising more eyebrows about what could be viewed as pure deception on the part of the publishers. However, the fans are attacking the game by leaving negative reviews on the official Steam page which disappointed the game director.

All of this could have been avoided if only the publisher was transparent from the beginning and did not let greed consume or affect its decisions about the future of the game. There is no denying that the company has a vested interest in gaining more ground on the PC platform and this method could lose the trust of the community.

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PlayStation Network Is Hurting Helldivers 2 on PC

Fans think Helldivers 2 is a victim of pure corporate greed.
Fans think Helldivers 2 is a victim of pure corporate greed.

Players have expressed that the publisher is not only oblivious with the fact that not every region supports its proprietary service or network, but there are other regions with far more stricter requirements and have a poor track record of security. Players in the UK are obligated to offer their active phone numbers, IDs, or a facial scan, which could be at risk of being stolen or leak.

The risk of having sensitive information be stolen is not worth the publisher’s grand design. Although the current situation is fluid and is subject to change, the developers too share their disappointment with the publisher and all are hoping the situation will be resolved soon.

Perhaps this is whole debacle will be remembered as a cautionary tale for more live service games that will be made available to other platforms and for the company to be more transparent and honest with the players. The future of the game is now in peril.

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This unfortunate turn of events is damaging the reputation of the video game and the publisher is ruining the foundation of trust between the developers and players. The backlash is uncanny and this lawsuit could escalate the situation or help resolve it.

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Written by Rouvin Josef Quirimit

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