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EA bans player from playing Dragon Age II
Game News - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Fri 11 March 2011, 12:37:11Tags: BioWare; Dragon Age II
What a dire fate. Why did they do it? Because someone wrote at the BioWarEA forums: Have you sold your souls to the EA devil? Bad idea chap, now you're deprived of all the Dragon Age II goodness, you had it coming.
In what appears to be a tottaly unfair practice, it appears EA are banning people from accessing their legally purchased copies of Dragon Age 2 if they were vocal about their displeasure regarding the game over at the official Bioware forums.
One particular case in point is VWARE, a user who got banned for accusing Bioware of “selling their souls to the EA devil”. He agreed that it was fair to ban him from the forums for 72 hours, however was shocked when he realized that he can’t access his Bioware social account and activate his recently purchased copy of Dragon Age 2.
Nice business practices there, BioWarEA. Have a look at the answer from Stanley Woo on the Bioforums, it's rich.
Please review the EA Community Terms of Service, particularly sections #9 and #11. There are two levels of enforcement here:
1. BioWare community bans are forum-only and can be for as little as 24 hours. These bans should have no effect on your game, only your ability to use all the features of this website/community. these bans are handed out by BioWare Moderators as the result of our travels around the forum and/or issues reported by fellow community members.
2. EA Community bans come down from a different department and are the result of someone hitting the REPORT POST button. These bans can affect access to your game and/or DLC.
Because the BioWare community now operates under the same umbrella as all EA Communities, community members here have all explicitly agreed to abide by and be governed by both sets of rules. Consider it an added incentive to follow the rules you say you’re going to follow.
If there are further questions or concerns, please send them to me via private message. Thank you.
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I wonder how *legal* such practices actually are. Anyway, you better watch out what you're saying when frequenting the Bioboards, lest you get your game deactivated, perhaps through the secret SecuROM features they snuck in without telling you.