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Posts tagged “EA bans”

Ban-Ish: EA Games Now Playable Offline When Banned

So this is interesting. After we've hounded EA for over a year about their bans preventing players from accessing single-player games, and after a year of receiving peculiarly ambiguous statements, and promises to fix things in time periods that now gather dust, EA has finally (a full year since we first raised the issue with them) partly fixed this issue. Partly. Being banned multiplayer violations…

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Erm: EA Voted ‘Worst Company In America’

There's a slight problem with internet polls. And that problem is the internet. I can think of no greater example than in 2009, the year Time's Top 100 Most Influential People list not only saw 4Chan's 'moot' take the top spot, but the top 21 entries be arranged in the order 4Chan wanted them. It was magnificent. (Heck, as long ago as 1998 internet voting…

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SWTOR Ilum Bans Were Real, Nuanced

Well this is all jolly interesting. Remember the story about Star Wars: The Old Republic banning a player because he'd been to Ilum at too low a level, and been looting the containers? And remember how it looked pretty dodgy, and was probably a fake? Well here's the thing: it wasn't. It was real. But, as you might imagine, there were a few details missed…

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SWTOR Ban For High Level Looting? Unlikely

Oh goodness me, can this really be true? A pic of an email is circulating this morning purporting to be a communication from EA, informing a player that their account has been banned from playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, because their character visited, and looted within, a high level area. Because, they say, this violates their terms of service. If this proves to be…

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Feature: The EA Banammer Strikes Back

EA Origin Bans: Update Edition

To keep you up to date with the status of our investigation into EA's dubious banning players from accessing their Origin account games (mostly multiplayer, although we're hearing exceptions), we have, well, no news. Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to receive a statement on EA's current position on their banning procedure, we have only been met with silence for the last fortnight. After some initial responses,…

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Feature: A Forum For Debate

EA’s Unwieldy Banhammer: EA Responds

For the last week I've been sending quite a few emails to various people within EA, trying to get to the bottom of why gamers receiving forum bans are finding they do not have access to their Origin online gaming. My goal has been to get a clear understanding of their current policy on the matter, since the company's actions don't appear to match the…

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Feature: The Banhammer Strikes

EA Forum Bans Are STILL Affecting Games

You may remember, back in March this year, a story that threw EA forum user Arno into the limelight. Having violated the rules of the EA forums he was given a 72 hour ban on his forum account. But found that he was also unable to play online with any of his games attached to his EA gaming account, nor activate his single-player Dragon Age…

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BioWhere? EA Working On Fixing Game Bans

So what is the latest word on EA and BioWare banning users from games? You may remember that on Friday, the now-famous Arno found he was unable to access his copy of Dragon Age II because he made a rude-ish comment on the BioWare forums. This saw a 72 hour forum ban, which, it seemed, also froze his EA account, which meant he could not…

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EA Retracts Game Ban For Forum Violation

Wow, well here's a crazy update. After being repeatedly told that he was intentionally locked out of his EA games because he broke the rules on the BioWare forum, and that this was in accordance to the Terms Of Service that he'd agreed to, this morning's internet famous man, Arno, has just been told that it was in fact a mistake.

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EA Forum Bans Can Lock You Out Of Games

UPDATE: EA are now saying this was a mistake, and Arno has access to his games during the ban. Original story: Be careful what you say. That's the lesson BioWare forum user Arno has learned in the last 24 hours, after an ill-advised comment on the BioWare forums has led to his EA account being locked, such that he cannot play his purchased copy of…

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