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EA eases controversial penalty for banned Origin users
EA eases controversial penalty for banned Origin users
April 16, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

April 16, 2012 | By Eric Caoili
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Newsbrief: Electronic Arts has revised the controversial banning policy for its digital distribution service Origin, and now allows banned users to access their games and other features.

Previously, once users had their accounts disabled over misconduct in Origin's multiplayer games or forums, they were unable to access their games purchased on the service.

EA began allowing those banned users to play the single-player modes in their Origin-bought games last month, according to Cinema Blend. They are still prevented from accessing multiplayer content, though.

Launched last June, Origin has nearly 9.3 million registered users. The service is positioned as a rival to Valve Software's Steam platform, though it has faced criticism from consumers over past policies for user banning, account inactivity, and PC monitoring.


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Kyle Redd
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This still leaves major unanswered questions. In particular, are banned users still able to log in and download their games, or will "offline mode" only work for games that are already on their computer? Being able to play offline isn't worth much if you can't install them in the first place.


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