Banned Origin users can still access their single player games!


One of the drawbacks of digital distribution services is that no one is completely aware of their rights when they are banned for violating the ToS of these services. One of the biggest issues being that getting a forum ban can cause you to lose access to all your games; it’s happened. I don’t agree with it at all, but there are certain circumstances where I think such measures are necessary.  Mostly for cheaters in multiplayer games, but even then I think it should only extend to locking them out of the multiplayer component of that game.

 Luckily, EA has recently cleared up its account suspension policy and made it clear that you are capable of playing your single-player games with a suspended account: If you find yourself with a disabled account, please note that you can still play EA games in single-player mode. For PC games you will need to enable Origin’s offline mode to play games with a disabled account.”

 While I do believe this is a step in the right direction, I don’t think that this is the ideal solution.  It seems silly to allow play only in offline mode.  Forum bans leading to the loss of content for products you have purchased seems a bit extreme; perhaps sometimes it is justified, but definitely not in the majority of cases.

 More info on their suspension policy can be found here!

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  1. Typical EA.  “If you swear on the internet, we’ll take away all your multiplayer.  But remember, you still get your single-player!  Aren’t we generous?” 😛

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