EA Can Delete Your Origin Account If You Don’t Use It, But They Say They Won’t


We don’t read anybody’s Terms of Service. Maybe we should, though, because here’s something buried deep inside the Origin ToS:

If you have not used your Entitlements or Account for twenty four (24) months or more and your Account has associated Entitlements, your Entitlements will expire and your Account may be cancelled for non-use.

Uh oh. But wait, EA swears they won’t just delete your s–t. Here’s what they told RPS:

The Origin terms of service are designed to protect against misuse of the Origin system. No Origin user who has paid entitlements and/or downloaded games will have their account cancelled or games expired due to extended non-use. The term regarding account cancellation for non-use is designed to guard against creation of non-active accounts for inappropriate reasons.

I have no idea what those reasons could be.

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7 Comments on EA Can Delete Your Origin Account If You Don’t Use It, But They Say They Won’t

Aids

On August 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

In other words “use are service or go yourself.”

youallloose

On August 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Already knew about this policy. Not really a problem, except for maybe going to prison, getting stranded on an island (think Cast Away), or getting amnesia. In any case, I’m probably going to lose more than than just my EA Origin account.If someone can’t schedule 5 mins out of one day in 24 months to log in, or even ask someone they trust to do it for them, they probably have even bigger problems.

Don’t experts say that if you have something for more than a year, and you don’t ever use it, that you should probably get rid of it anyway? Why should we expect EA to keep /store things in our hoard for the rest of our lives for free?

xbabaganooshx

On August 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Not a bad thing, EA is offering anyone who participated in the Battlefield 3 Alpha a free game off Origins.

If you had an old dead account it probably wouldn’t of been possible.

drsgfire

On August 5, 2011 at 3:55 am

@xbaba lol… probably because everyone that used origin only used it to but Medal of Honor for the alpha access. Now that the alpha is closed all those copies of MOH will never get played :)

On other issues with this policy, well… I guess I’ve just been doing it wrong all these years. I thought you were supposed to play the games. Apparently if you leave them alone over time they turn into unicorn dust and all the unicorns come to eat it and start killing everyone on earth. Don’t worry though, that only happens after 25 months of not using them. So EA is protecting us here. Everyone can relax :)

youallloose

On August 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

this was reported over here,

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/08/04/eas-comment-on-origin-account-deletion/

Quote Jim Rossignol
“We’ve had word back from EA regarding their peculiarly-worded terms of service for Origin. Senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg explains: “The Origin terms of service are designed to protect against misuse of the Origin system. No Origin user who has paid entitlements and/or downloaded games will have their account cancelled or games expired due to extended non-use. The term regarding account cancellation for non-use is designed to guard against creation of non-active accounts for inappropriate reasons.”

So that’s good. As long as you weren’t intending to create non-active accounts for inappropriate reasons, anyway.” END Quote

So its not as bad as it appears, its just a poorly worded agreement. Controversy gets attention, and still it sells games.

youallloose

On August 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

I know…another comment on this, sorry.

The reason why I think this story is is even a story and being pointed out is because of EA pulling games from Valve/Steam and not allowing Valve/Steam to sell games like BF3 on Steam. I think it very well may have been the Steam fanboi that started all of this nonsense over EA ORIGIN’s TOS.

Here is the even bigger problem I see with that Steam fanboi…
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http://store.steampowered.com/subscriber_agreement/
9. DISCLAIMERS; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; NO GUARANTEES
C. NO GUARANTEES.

VALVE DOES NOT GUARANTEE CONTINUOUS, ERROR-FREE, VIRUS-FREE OR SECURE OPERATION AND ACCESS TO STEAM, THE SOFTWARE, YOUR ACCOUNT AND/OR YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS(S).
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So, EA ORIGIN TOS specifically says that they may delete an account after 24 months, but VALVE/STEAM TOS simply offers no GUARANTEES whatsoever to the access to your accounts or subscriptions. So go paranoid over that one for awhile people.

drsgfire

On August 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

True true… but deep down inside, with the track records, who are you gonna trust? EA or Valve?