Got banned from Electronic Arts’ forums? You’re banned from their games too.

[Updated: Looks like a forum mod may have overstepped with his statement. According to an article on getting banned in the forums will NOT affect your ability to login to EA games afterall.]

An article over at the Ripten Video Game blog reports on a post by a community moderator in the Command and Conquer forums that suggests EA is taking a hard line against its customers. Basically if you say something in the official EA forums, any of them, that causes a moderator to ban your account then you won’t be able to login to any EA games you own:

Well, its actually going to be a bit nastier for those who get banned.

Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you’d actually be banned from your other EA games as well since its all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It’s all one in the same, so I strongly reccommend people play nice and act mature.

All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but its what we have to do.

Those banned will stay banned, but like most other internet services, its not that hard to create a new fake e-mail account. However, its a lot harder to get a new serial key =)

Nice to see they take such a light hearted approach to potentially locking video gamers out of the games they’ve purchased because EA didn’t like something they wrote on the forums. Considering the number of people who have been banned for expressing their anger at the company on the forums, well, I can see another potential class action lawsuit arising out of this decision. They really are working hard to ensure gamers have every reason to hate them as a company it seems.

Sent in by SEB reader “Matt”.

7 thoughts on “Got banned from Electronic Arts’ forums? You’re banned from their games too.

  1. I wonder if you purchase the game (keeping the receipt) and then say something bad against EA on their forums which causes them to revoke your game privileges, if you have a legal right to refund (or sue) them as the game is now no longer able to work as described when you purchased it…

  2. Oh – and am I the only one that think the captchas on SEB need tweaking. My captcha was “evi91dence” and I was asked to “submit the word you see below” – the word was “evidence”, but it wouldn’t accept it with out the “91” in the middle…

  3. well, I can see another potential class action lawsuit arising out of this decision.

    Think you hit the nail on the head Les.

    I have played Tiger Woods PGA Tour for years (and years, even before TW became the face of the franchise) and although I don’t play online I would be well hacked off if I couldn’t because they banned me for saying their game was naff.

    EA also advertise TW2009 as all platforms, even though they dropped the PC version.  cool mad

  4. the overall EA ban policy is just lame. i got a warning for using the word ‘seduction’ in a tag on a spore creature (it wasn’t a sporn creature) and now i’m banned for 3 days because of a comment: “something to shoot down? lol”. shooting down spaceships is what we do, a game feature but i guess this was different because it was a stars and stripes spaceship. maybe it was an inappropriate comment but not more inappropriate than patriotic chauvinism in a global computergame.
    someone chose not to just delete the comment but to report it and EA fell for it even when knowing their own game.
    freedom in Spore means the freedom to take away other peoples freedom? i don’t want to be a part of that. bye EA, your company sickens me in so many ways and i’ll use my freedom of speech if anyone asks about your games and my freedom to play with whatever i buy from other companies in the future.

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