Following reports of a law firm considering a class action lawsuit against Nintendo due to the Switch's Joy-Con controllers being susceptible to "drift" issues, it has been confirmed that the law offices of Chimicles Schartz Kriner A & Donaldson-Smith have officially filed a claim against the video game company.
What's being described as a drift issue relates to instances where the joystick on the Joy-Con acts like it's receiving some sort of input from a user even if no one is touching it. Obviously, that isn't great as it can cause unintended movements and effects during gameplay.
What's more, there's no official fix for the problem and users are left to either send the Joy-Cons in for repair, purchase a DIY kit and repair it themselves, or buy new Joy-Cons.
via gamingintel.comAccording to GoNintendo, the law firm is going ahead with the suit and have noted as such on its website.
"CSK&D has filed a class action lawsuit against Nintendo of America, Inc. (“Nintendo”) for claims relating to alleged defects in the Joy-Con controllers that are part of Nintendo Switch gaming consoles. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleges that the joysticks on Joy-Con controllers are defective, leading users to experience drift issues. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the joystick on the Joy-Con controllers will automatically register movement when the joystick is not being controlled by the user and interfere with gameplay. The complaint, filed on behalf of purchasers of Switches and Joy-Con controllers, brings claims under various consumer protection statutes as well as various warranty and common law claims."
At the time of writing, however, the website was not accessible and attempts to browse were met with a screen informing that the site is temporarily unavailable.
This is likely due to the mass traffic generated from the announcement - yeah, it's a pretty big deal - but it might be back up later.
Meanwhile, if you're a Switch owner who's having Joy-Con issues, you could contact said law firm by filling out a form found at this link.