EA Games: The Online Pass is Dead

EA Games has no intention of reviving the Online Pass.

“It’s dead, it’s dead, it’s deep-sixed, it’s at the bottom of the Mariana Trench,” said Electronic Arts’ President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau in a statement to Joystiq.

The company is making good on its promise to end the controversial Online Pass system, which has since dominated console gaming since it was first put into action several years ago. The Online Pass system effectively forces players who buy used copies of their games to make a purchase of an Online Pass if they wish to gain access to features such as multiplayer, or in some cases, single-player content.

“We’re not crafting a strategy to bring [Online Pass] back, you will not input codes to unlock your game, it’s not going to happen,” said Gibeau.

The executive said that the decision to kill the Online Pass and Microsoft’s Xbox One DRM plans, which effectively serve as a limitation on used games and lending, are not in any way linked.

“The amount of money that we made, it didn’t replace the amount of frustration we put on our customers and it didn’t offset the reputation damage it caused the company. So we said ‘it’s not worth it,’ and so the idea was, look, ‘don’t do stuff like that anymore,’” said Gibeau, who noted that the company now had the opportunity to wipe the slate clean under its new interim CEO, Larry Probst.

The company’s reputation suffered greatly as a result of its online pass.

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3 Comments on EA Games: The Online Pass is Dead

lol

On June 14, 2013 at 3:08 am

Well done babies, you’ve forced a company to lose money because you’re too cheap to spend $10 to get optional online features. The irony is that you still buy there games or else you wouldn’t care about this, so how angry are you really at EA?

Another example of insecure virgins desperately wanting to cry about something that isn’t any kind of problem to 99% of gamers, same as the Mass Effect 3 ending butthurt. It’s a shame companies have begun to listen to this poo.

lol

On June 14, 2013 at 3:09 am

Well done babies, you’ve forced a company to lose money because you’re too cheap to spend $10 to get optional online features. The irony is that you still buy there games or else you wouldn’t care about this, so how angry are you really at EA?

Another example of insecure virgins desperately wanting to cry about something that isn’t any kind of problem to 99% of gamers, same as the Mass Effect 3 ending butthurt. It’s a shame companies have begun to listen to these crap.

SevenCell

On June 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

@lol
3 points:
-Online features are part of a game. You do not purchase one game named EA Sports, and another named EA Sports’ Multiplayer. Therefore, selling a game for 60 dollars and the online features for another 10 is effectively against customer rights.
-Obviously you, to whom the basics of grammar, punctuation and elementary spelling are apparently alien, speak for 99 per cent of gamers.
-If this is indeed poo, you just wasted about an hour of your miserable life laboriously composing that comment with the sole purpose of debating faecal matter.

Good day to you.