Though it was absurd that Origin would block you from single player access in the first place. During the months after Origin’s initial launch, some people were finding out the hard way that they really shouldn’t act like a jerk with an Origin account. For reasons still unexplained, EA would on occasion ban your entire Origin account from accessing its games even if it was just a simple infringement on a forum. This included all games that were tied to an Origin account, and since its within their terms of service, they can pretty much do whatever they want. Now of course, no one likes having jerks online, but even this seemed a little harsh.
Just today, EA changed their policy to finally let offenders access the offline features of the games they already bought:
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.
No word yet on what EA plans for online content, nor is there any news on why a person would be banned from accessing online content for transgressions he or she made on an unrelated forum. We’ll keep you posted.
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