EA Accidentally Gives Away Thousands of Games for Free

Gamers who participated in an Electronic Arts survey this weekend were rewarded with a $20 Origin discount code — but EA was apparently working on the honor system, because it was soon discovered that the code worked for anyone who tried to use it. Moreover, if a user deleted his cookies, he could redeem the code an unlimited number of times.

The code worked for all US and Canadian customers and for all games of $20 or more, except for Star Wars: The Old Republic, games released within a month of purchase, and Valve games.

On the forums, an Origin community manager has stated that not only will no users be punished for abusing of this exploit, but they’ll also be able to keep all the games they stole:

“The coupon code is now expired; we’ll honor all sales made with the coupon code over the weekend and hope fans enjoy their games.”

My stance on exploits is that gamers shouldn’t be punished for a developer’s errors. I’m surprised that EA seems to be adopting this stance as well — it was their mistake to allow this, and they’re biting the bullet. Stay classy, EA. People may just like this side of you.

via PC Gamer

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5 Comments on EA Accidentally Gives Away Thousands of Games for Free


On October 16, 2012 at 7:51 am

Is this a glimmer of hope, that EA might be re-hinging on it’s previous idiotic policies. I certainly hope so.

Bellview Crackwhore

On October 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

Trying to punish gamers for their own idiotic mistake is a political nightmare and completely unenforceable. Even EA weren’t going to be stupid enough to try this.


On October 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Yeah, they wouldn’t dare taking back those games. This doesn’t mean anything, EA is still the company they were


On October 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Possibly they don’t have a way of figuring out who participated in the survey and used the code legitimately, or don’t want to sort out who did and who didn’t. In any case, they got coupwned.


On October 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

I’m quite surprised. It seems like EA would have tried to figure out how to make people pay for all those games.