EA Origin

Origin Users Beware – EA Reserves The Right To Delete Your Games For Inactivity

EA just recently launched their new digital retailer Origin, essentially the EA Store with a makeover, with the intent of expanding their digital and online fronts. So far, they’ve  been doing this through the acquirement of developers such as PopCap and publishing online games such as the (failed) Facebook game Dragon Age: Legends. Origin’s launch is just another branch of EA’s attempt to spearhead into the digital and online market, which is booming for the videogame industry.

Although EA has stated numerous times that it was not out to compete with Steam, the recent controversy over Crysis 2 being pulled off of Steam,  Alice: Madness Returns‘s day-late stocking onto Steam’s shelves, and Steam not being listed as one of Battlefield 3‘s official digital retailers suggests that all is not well behind closed doors between the two companies (although this is all speculation on my part). Combined with the fact that EA is exclusively offering The Old Republic on Origin’s shelves as well as the deluxe editions of popular titles such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3, it’s at least clear that EA wants to usher PC gamers, if not to abandon Steam, into using Origin.

I don’t see much in the Origin beta that Steam doesn’t already offer, although I haven’t uninstalled the application because I know for a fact that I’m going to be buying the Mass Effect 3 deluxe edition and The Old Republic (well played, EA). I know that a lot of other fans of popular EA games will probably be doing the same. I’m going to notify those who will get Origin with a caveat, one that I’m sure most gamers won’t have a problem with, but this is just for awareness on Origin users’ behalves. Origin’s terms of service allows EA to reserve the right to delete your games and your account after two years of inactivity:

Entitlements may only be held in Accounts belonging to legal residents of countries where access to and use of Content and Entitlements is permitted.  Entitlements may be purchased or acquired only from EA or an authorized retailer.  EA reserves the right to refuse your request(s) to acquire Entitlements, and EA reserves the right to limit or block any request to acquire Entitlements for any reason.

We do not guarantee that any Content or Entitlement will be available at all times or at any given time or that we will continue to offer particular Content or Entitlements for any particular length of time. We reserve the right to change and update Content and Entitlements without notice to you.  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.  Once you have redeemed your Entitlements, that content is not returnable, exchangeable, or refundable for other Entitlements or for cash, or other goods or services.

Yup. That means that if you haven’t logged into Origin after two years, everything in your EA account is gone. Two years is a long time, and I’m aware that EA is doing it not to be jerk offs, but for the sake of server space. The point is… if you’ve purchased a game digitally on Origin, make sure you log in every so often. This really just raises the issue of having a digital copy versus a retail copy of a game, as if you have a digital copy of a game, you don’t really own it. After all, if you have a CD copy of a game, you can always go back to revisit it for fond memories. EA’s not going to come busting into your house after two years and snap your old games in half, which is essentially what you run into the risk of doing by buying games off of Origin digitally. This is all just a little something to chew on and think about before you start buying digital games up a storm on the Origin platform.

[Via Gamerxperience]

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