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