EA Introduces a Kinder, Gentler Banhammer
A post on Eurogamer today reveals that Electronic Arts has taken a long look at their ban policy for their Origin service in order to better serve their customers. It seems that players who received bans from Origin have now been given the privilege of having single player, offline games restored.
The policy was revised and updated back in March, but word of the changes is just starting to make the rounds now. Says EA on its official help website:
“With every game and service EA offers, we take the satisfaction of our customers very seriously. We discourage cheating and strive to maintain a high level of integrity in both our games and our forums. To this end, we will hide inappropriate content, and we will take action on EA/Origin accounts that violate the Terms of Service (TOS) based on the severity of the offense.
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. Go to the settings tab in Origin (the gear icon) and select Go Offline.”
That page also adds that “the majority of banned or suspended accounts are only suspended temporarily.” Phew! That’s a relief.