Inactive Origin Accounts With Entitlements, Content Can Be Deleted

Gaming Blend "EA’s Origin is taking things a step further in the strong-arming of the digital distribution service by claiming that accounts inactive for two years or more can be deleted and all account assets, entitlements and content can be removed as well."

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This article was written too late just to get some hits. The subject was discussed a long time ago clarifying that only INACTIVE EA accounts with NO GAMES will get deleted and those owning games will be protected. It's like the Steam feature that allow accounts with purchased games only to add friends to avoid scammers.


vortis2634d ago

The article is days old already.

And did EA change the TOS/EULA or did they just spout some PR stuff because there is a difference.

...or do you work for EA?

Moragami2634d ago (Edited 2634d ago )

This is pretty much common knowledge. I still have the 2 BF2 Booster packs I bought using EA store. They were purchased in 2007, and though I haven't used or installed them in years, they are still "ready to download". Not using the service for two years does not mean they will cancel your account, but it does give them the right to.

If Valve shut it's doors, Steam users would be in the exact same boat.

This could easily be remedied by having Origin launch on startup. Or by actually playing the fucking games you bought.

Maybe this is an issue for some, for me, this is just more anti-Origin proaganda, and to be frank, I'm really fucking sick of hearing about it.

limewax2634d ago

You like the idea of booting up each and every game to avoid it being deleted, whether you feel like playing it or not?

I honestly think Valve would at least try to come to a solution where gamers can keep their purchases

MrBeatdown2634d ago (Edited 2634d ago )

Uh, you don't need to boot up "each and every game". You only need to log into Origin once every two years.

Not hard, especially when you consider that playing any EA game online on PS3 or 360 requires use of the account, and should prevent the account from being considered inactive.

I'm sure I'll get disagrees for using simple logic to take a dump in the anti-Origin bandwagon, but anyone who actually runs the risk of their account being completely inactive for two years straight, probably isn't going to be buying stuff from Origin anyway, or care (or realize) when the account goes inactive.

limewax2634d ago

That doesn't sound as bad I will admit, The idea that they can delete accounts still sits rather uncomfortably with me personally. I know other companies have such policies but often they require you to be an *** first.

Its still not as bad as XBLs always on digi-download games though I admit, But in the PC competition, Steam does still sit better with me, This doesn't mean I hate Origin. I just feel their policies need to be more lenient if they wish to compete with Steam without being able to compete on the price point of games

radphil2634d ago (Edited 2634d ago )

"If Valve shut it's doors, Steam users would be in the exact same boat. "

Not exactly. People already made programs on the forums that are ready for validation changes if steam goes down.

BattleAxe2634d ago

The way I fixed the problem after recently downloading Origin to check it out, was to Uninstall the client. This was very effective in helping to ensure that my games don't get deleted after 2 years.

caperjim2634d ago

Im not worried. I wont be using Origin for game purchases. I buy games on Steam or my local store.

Fishy Fingers2634d ago (Edited 2634d ago )

UPDATE - 4 Aug 2011
Electronic Arts has issued the following statement to RPS, via EA's John Reseburg.

'The Origin terms of service are designed to protect against misuse of the Origin system. No Origin user who has paid entitlements and/or downloaded games will have their account cancelled or games expired due to extended non-use. The term regarding account cancellation for non-use is designed to guard against creation of non-active accounts for inappropriate reasons.'

gamingdroid2634d ago (Edited 2634d ago )

That is NOT what the terms says:

"If you have not used your Entitlements or Account for twenty four (24) months or more and your Account has associated Entitlements, your Entitlements will expire and your Account may be cancelled for non-use."

EA Terms of Service specifically says they can cancel it for non-use. There is no ifs and buts.

Sorry, but there is nothing in the agreement that indicate anything having to do with inappropriate use, unless you consider 24-months of non-use inappropriate!

Don't buy EA's lie!!!

If EA wanted they can amend that clause, the fact they haven't tells you otherwise.

I now wish I bought Mass Effect 1 & 2 from Steam instead of EA.

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