Petition Wants Lucasfilm to Revoke EA’s Star Wars License (Update: 150,000 signatures passed)

Discussion in 'Video Games' started by 2B or not 2B, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. 2B or not 2B

    2B or not 2B Member Original Poster

    #1
    Seems fans have had enough of EA and Star Wars Battlefront and a petition has been launched on Change.org to get Lucasfilm to revoke EA's Star Wars licence.

    Source: gamerant

    From the Change.org:
    The Petition's goal is 150,000 signatures, currently there is about 76,000 signatures.

    UPDATE: Now over 100,000 signatures.

    UPDATE 2: Hit the original goal of 150,000 signatures.
     
  2. #2
    Signed, not that it will help
     
  3. KZXcellent

    KZXcellent Member

    #3
    It won't happen but when the time comes to renew I hope Disney doesn't.

    Don't give the Star Wars IP to one game company. Go the Marvel Games route and get developers from all of the gaming industry to make something. It'll lead to more variety and not the absolute mess we have with EA.
     
  4. Filament Star

    Filament Star Member

    #4
    I'm sure the contracts are such that they can't just revoke it.
     
  5. JammerLammy

    JammerLammy Member

    #5
    Why not? petitions have worked before
     
  6. #6
    These petitions aren't going to somehow convince Disney to break their contract with EA and revoke the license.
     
  7. #7
    Signed. Fuck EA
     
  8. CloseTalker

    CloseTalker Member

    #8
    Money can solve anything, and Disney has an infinite amount of it.
     
  9. Jarmel

    Jarmel Member

    #9
    Nothing will come of this due to contractual obligations but hopefully it makes Disney/Lucasfilm decide not to renew. EA has done jackshit with it and deserves to lose the exclusivity.
     
  10. sir_crocodile

    sir_crocodile Member

    #10
    There may be something about damage to the brand in there.
     
  11. Takahashi

    Takahashi Member

    #11
    All this bad publicity is going to work better than those signatures... And if it works, the world will be a better place.
     
  12. hibikase

    hibikase Member

    #12
    That's not how licensing contracts work. Especially large ones such as this.
     
  13. test_account

    test_account Member

    #13
    I dont think that the guy who made the petition know that Lucasfilms had weekly meetings with EA. Lucasfilms knew about all of this, so why would Lucasfilm revoke the license from EA?
     
  14. Dubz

    Dubz Member

    #14
    I signed not because I think it's going to happen, but more to send a message.
     
  15. ps3ud0

    ps3ud0 Member

    #15
    I wonder if Disney put some KPIs in their contract...

    ps3ud0 8)
     
  16. #16
    I'd be shocked if Disney didn't have an out of the contract.

    They shouldn't have signed the license over. Star Wars is at its best when anyone with a good pitch can work with it.
     
  17. Takahashi

    Takahashi Member

    #17
    You believe it isn't possible to Disney and LucasFilm to unilaterally revoke a contract? even if they are the one who have to pay a fee? It's seems like a no-brainer to cut the contract after those two Battlefront disaster games.
     
  18. PshycoNinja

    PshycoNinja Member

    #18
    Yes. Let us punish the other hardworking teams working on Star Wars games right now. /s
     
  19. Piscus

    Piscus Member

    #19
    Who cares if it will actually influence anything or not. I'll sign anyway.

    edit: I don't think the purpose of the petition is to result in an actual revoke of the license. It's publicity. And people are already talking about it.
     
  20. Level 9 CPU

    Level 9 CPU Member

    #20
    This is hilariously dumb and naive. But logic sometimes tends to fly out the window in favor of pure hatred when it comes to shitting on EA.

    BTW didn't Battlefront sell a ton of copies, and SWTOR and the Star Wars mobile game do really well? BF2 may be a black mark and the Visceral project is dead, but that's hardly enough reason to revoke a license.

    I would much prefer if Lucas did a Marvel setup with their games though. I wonder if they have the knowledge of the industry or a team with enough experience to adequately invest in games in that manner though, hence the EA contract where much of the legwork is done for them.
     
  21. #21
    You guys think Lucasfilm and Disney weren't in on the lootbox system? EA wasn't the only culprit behind this.
     
  22. Border

    Border Member

    #22
    Why is it that people think Disney/Lucasfilm can unilaterally revoke EA's license?

    The contract almost certainly is ironclad for all parties involved. Lucasfilm cannot just decide to take their ball and go home. Rescinding the license could expose them to, at the very least, tens of million dollars in damages. Possibly hundreds of millions, depending on when and how they pull out. They aren't going to eat that shit just because you are angry about Battlefront.

    More than that, it'd damage their ability to license out Star Wars to other parties. Why should I pay top dollar to make Star Wars products if Lucasfilm can't be trusted to keep their word?
     
  23. Mr-Joker

    Mr-Joker Member

    #23
    The petition is very naive as there is no way that Disney or Lucas Art wasn't aware of the Loot box situation.
     
  24. LuckyChamCham

    LuckyChamCham Member

    #24
    Have they really?!
     
  25. Anung

    Anung Member

    #25
    This won't change anything but it isn't a bad idea. I wouldn't be suprised if Disney don't re-up with them when contract renewal comes around. EA have really squandered a licence that many companies would kill for. We got BF1 which sold gangbusters but was a content empty experience, a game which spent years going nowhere and got a studio closed down, BF2 which was a PR clusterfuck. Not exactly great for what should essentially be a slam dunk excuse to print money.
     
  26. scare_crow

    scare_crow Member

    #26
    Some of these change.org petitions are really goddamn embarrassing.
     
  27. CSSD

    CSSD Member

    #27
    Just like other petitions, this one is also stupid. One of the more stupids since there's a contract behind it.
     
  28. MWorldII

    MWorldII Member

    #28
    EA released two Star Wars games. Both of them provoke some sort of bad reputation for the brand, which is bad for Disney itself: Battlefront 2015 hasn't enough content for it's price while having $50 season pass, and Battlefront 2017 lootboxes scandal. Also "players doesn't enjoy linear games so much, so we canceled Visceral's Star Wars game".

    I think there's enough reason to at least re-think the current contact.
     
  29. Al3x1s

    Al3x1s Member

    #29
    They just shouldn't sell it exclusively so that when someone comes in with a good pitch they can license it to them regardless of others' games.
     
  30. iRAWRasaurus

    iRAWRasaurus Community Resettler Member

    #30
    Didn't some Lucas related thing say they had meetings with EA and DICE always every week?
     
  31. Omar

    Omar Member

    #31
    Is sending a message thou

    I can't imagine Disney is happy about having "Star Wars", "minors", and "gambling" in the same line all over the news.
     
  32. Ketkat

    Ketkat Member

    #32
    Don't forget the MMO
     
  33. Jack Frost

    Jack Frost Member

    #33
    Signed even though it doesn’t matter.
     
  34. JammerLammy

    JammerLammy Member

    #34
    No :)
     
  35. #35
    To everyone saying it's useless and it's stupid, this brings extremely bad publicity to both parties and that's good for the consumer because hopefully it'll make them do better in the future... And hopefully it'll make sure the contract isn't renewed.

    Also I find it extremely difficult to believe Disney wouldn't have an out of the contract if the brand were being damaged (it is). Disney is not innocent in this at all, they knew about and approved this shit I'm sure... But it's a means to an end.
     
  36. #36
    Disney does not sign contracts it cannot revoke or get out of with their solely owned IPs. Anything is possible.

    I remember a few weeks ago, we were told voices on the internet, Reddit/Twitter would not be noticed... and Iger called Wilson real quick.
     
  37. #37
    It would be weird if this actually worked. But I would be more worried about them using activision, they are even more devious.
     
  38. Digital

    Digital Member

    #38
    In 24 hours this will have 150k votes. In a week this could have as much as half a million votes. Video game and star wars nerds coming together is a scary thing.
     
  39. CSSD

    CSSD Member

    #39
    Lucasarts knew about the microtransactions and they gave a interview explaining the things after it so don't expect Disney to revoke a contract.
     
  40. gcwy

    gcwy Member

    #40
    I don't know about this. Surely they value money more than internet petitions?
     
  41. #41
    Doesn't matter,
    EA is the one thoroughly invested in the game industry and knew the lootboxes were some BS.
     
  42. #42
    Disney HATES HATES HATES bad PR.
     
  43. Dust

    Dust Member

    #43
    It all depends how bad the PR for Star Wars brand is from the MOUSE perspective.

    Disney has infinite money for any contract penalty/fee but it all depends how much their brands suffer in public eye.
     
  44. test_account

    test_account Member

    #44
    It matters in this context. The petition build on the situation that Lucasfilm should revoke the Star Wars license away from EA, like Lucasfilms didnt know about this. Lucasfilms were in on this, so why should this petition make Lucasfilms reconsider the developer?
     
  45. Barrel_Roll

    Barrel_Roll Member

    #45
    I’ve seen this before with other controversial SW games like Galaxies and TOR. I suppose because it’s the game devs who interact with the public, while the publisher, Lucasarts/Lucasfilm, stay in the background. The fact that EA has a great deal of bad karma for other actions also explains why they are getting the sole blame in this situation.
     
  46. MWorldII

    MWorldII Member

    #46
  47. Plasma

    Plasma Member

    #47
    The Old Republic came out before the exclusive license deal was in place and started development before Bioware was even bought by EA.
     
  48. rras1994

    rras1994 Member

    #48
    Yeah, sure let's revoke the license. Then everyone who enjoys playing the Battlefronts and SWTOR would no longer be able to play. Serves them right for enjoying a game /s
     
  49. Rumblebones

    Rumblebones Member

    #49
    I hope this works.

    I wish companies would stop giving EA exclusive licenses and would work with multiple publishers on a game by game basis.
     
  50. ArkhamFantasy

    ArkhamFantasy Member

    #50
    As entertaining as it would be to have star wars taken dishonorably discharged from EA, i really dont see the point. If Lucasarts isn't going to allow any type of creative freedom and needs absolutely every little thing to be approved by them then we will never get a green metacritic star wars game no matter who makes it.