Now Origin Game Activation is Down — and EA Says They’re On It [UPDATE]

[Update!] Now with EA’s official response:

We are currently looking into the issues you describe below and will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thanks for your patience.

There you go, guys.

Original text begins below:

Seems like fires are just springing up all over this Origin/Battlelog/Battlefield 3 contraption Electronic Arts as put together. The latest one is melting the ability of players to activate their games through EA’s PC game portal, Origin.

According to the official Battlefield 3 Twitter account, games aren’t activating through Origin at the moment, meaning if you bought a Battlefield 3 hard copy and you go to install it right now, it probably won’t work. BF3 requires Origin to run, and that means the Origin network has to recognize your game. That’s apparently not happening.

Battlefield 3 seems fraught with issues for some PC players (though not for me, I must report), and has had some issues on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. On the plus side, EA is acknowledging that it’s working on them, though it hasn’t made any announcements to that effect to the world at large. Its Twitter interactions remain one-on-one conversations — we’re still waiting to hear anything big, official and announcement-y from Electronic Arts or DICE.

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31 Comments on Now Origin Game Activation is Down — and EA Says They’re On It [UPDATE]

Red Menace

On October 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

NO! It’s a feature! Origin is perfect!


On October 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Oh man it was so obvious , everybody is complaining about origin i just cant get it … why cant they just provide a running system ? ORIGIN SUX!


On October 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

This is the exact problem I am having right now. I tried activating battlefield 3 through origin but it wont let me. This is pretty dang annoying.


On October 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I am very confused about this since i do not get it why they chose Origin? Is it because of marketing other EA-products. If that is so I get the feeling that they are really greedy nerds who can get a program to work properly.

I know it is not hard to make a working program so I do not get it why they just dont do a simple activation program?…

I am ing angry now. I had a reason to skip school tomorrow and now I can’t…

This is really not a good first impression


On October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thanks EA…. and thanks Origin. 24/7 support…. if by support you mean a room full of

EDIT: Listen GameFront you can’t just silence me like that! These people need to know what a bunch of terribly

Editor’s Note: Obviously, this is fake. We didn’t touch this comment. After all, I think we all know that you can’t edit your comments after you make them. Nice try, though. We think you’re having us on a bit, and we chuckled.

SHITFuc-ers EA

On October 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm



On October 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm


Edited in defense of eyeballs everywhere!


On October 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Really sad. Just looked forward to play this game and then something g*y happends like this which i also expected really lame origin. IDIOTS


On October 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm

24 hours since “release”, and we still can’t play.

A tip for Origin: Have a server-status on your web-page so we KNOW something is wrong on your side and that you’re working on it.

Talked to one of your live-chat-rep and he claimed nothing was wrong with auth-servers. THEY SHOULD KNOW THIS!

This is just silly…


On October 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I was playing yesterday. This morning I was asked to activate again.



On October 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

wow got the game Tuesday and i cant play it. and it says an a window that pops up activation code EA. and i click it and all it does is load……..this is really annoying they better fix it or im gonna start playing cod


On October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm


Post removed due to poster being too Supreme.


On October 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

motherers the ea s


On October 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

q basura de sistema lastima por que los proximos lanzamientos de EA de mi parte esperare unos meses, por q este q tanto anunciaban como lo mas, y la cagan con el origen y justo el dia del lanzamiento


On October 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Ended up going to the NORTH END of the city to buy this game. Drove back in heavy traffic. Install the Game. AND NOW THIS! FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUU


On October 27, 2011 at 4:12 pm

This is seriously f**ked up. Isnt this why they had the whole beta/alpha testing? I even purchased a new psu, since my old one went bad, and paid extra to have it delivered in time for the game… and now this happens? EA, I recommend you get this bull fixed or I garentee your customers/fan base is gonna drop significantly, if it hasn’t already that is… FIX THIS BULL! Oh and one other thing…I kinda figured this origin crap was a bad idea, I gave EA the benefit of the doubt though…guess that was a bad idea..


On October 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Actually the reference to something being deleted may be due to EA deleting ALL threads about the activation servers having trouble. The threads have been created three times now and now have generated about 500 people doing one of those pointless online petitions and starting a group / thread on steam complaining about the quality of origin. EA may now say their is an issue but many players couldn’t activate and EA support was clueless. We all gave our money to EA so it’s hard to protest with our wallets. Maybe EA could hand out PDF versions of the prima guide as compensation or beta key invites to an upcoming game if this continues.


On October 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I bet steam has a really smug face on right now. And too right! EA should have just stuck with releasing games normally. And Let steam handle the Digital stuff that EA seems to not understand. Really gutted I can’t even play this after all this waiting. DICE should leave EA. and go to Ubisoft. atleast they get stuff right!


On October 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Can we report EA to the BBB? Maybe that might get some explanations and impromptu to fix this …


On October 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

now I can’t even log into EA Support.. I’m demanding some kind of compensation. I suggest you all do too.


On October 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

great tese newbs cant even getthe activation going. gusse what if you cant program a simple activation how about you remove it all together. ing idiots made me take the dayy off work and now this . All hype so far since the game dosnt work. at least with cod we got into the game and then experienced bugs but this wont even run. BIG ING FAIL EA i hope they hack your newtwokrs on a daily basis for this. BTW origin is finished i will never buy another game with origin on it.. Instead f Game of the Year more like Fail of the year.


On October 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

You buy a product and it doesn’t work, should get a refund or complain heavily, this is so wrong.
Send the game back to the retailer for a refund that way you get back at EA


On October 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Spoke with support at last who didn’t know of any authorize server down , suggested that my copy is a fake as there looks to be loads having the same , i should take it back , I don’t think they know what they are doing


On October 28, 2011 at 3:43 am

This is ridiculous. I can’t believe that they’re doing this on RELEASE DATE.

They’ve had forever to prepare for the release date, and the server still goes down.

I hope that BF3 doesn’t get Game of the year.


guy who’s really pissed off at EA and their feeble attempts to make extra cash with Origin.


On October 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

well this is disapointing…. I have not played on a PC FPS game in over 3 years… When I heard about a new BF3 I was pretty excited. so quickly upgrade the PC, turn up two days early to buy game with too much excitement and mixed up replease date :) wait the two extra days, finish work buy the game go home. disk in drive, origin stuff installed. excitement building and boom…. i am stuck with a lovely white screen trying to activate the game….. Not even a BF3 logo to look at :(

Should have know, its the same old EA Battlefield day 1 issues… this has always been like this since BF 1942! U thought that by now EA would know how to plan & test their BF infrastrcture’s capacity and availability !

With the funding they have and access to some of the worlds best developers and hosting partners you would think a bit of network trickery and database tweaking should be as easy as 10 minutes on Sims! Maybe they are playing to many games over there ???

moan over I am going back to Froza 3 on the Xbox whilst EA End Task on their 100% activation process ;)


On October 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

Ok I fixed the problem…. Stuck on resource monitoring and noticed that Origin is making HTTP requests. It then uses the local default browser to render the output. In my case this is the latest firefox browser. so I closed origin fully set browser to default as MSIE and then relaunch Origin. Boom we have activation! :)

Suppose this will be same for anyone who has Firefox or even Safari as default browser.

Post if it works for everyone else.


On October 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

Sorry Ea about my previos rant… it was not your servers after all… typical end use blaming the provider when its really the end user ;)


On October 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

its OK to activate Games online but working with that Beta Origin crap isnt necessary .. I accidentaly only bought the expantions and I could activate them via Origin .. but I cant buy the game itself since the Link ADD TO CART sems to be a bit of graphic but not really a link !

anoying !


On October 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

I bought Battlefield 3 Limited Edition, but for days I can not activate my game??
Such problems are unacceptable to most customers.
When you buy a car, then drive it… and when I buy DVD-Movies and watch it …
When I buy a PC game, waiting for days to play???
EA Games is not without experience to the rules of such amateur mistakes!
The worst thing is that I can not even play single player?
This is Origin beta??? Origin pre.Alpha maybe!

Albert Paterson

On October 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Yes you can complain to the Better Business Bureau. The product as released would probably qualify as a lemon. Aka you paid for something and it didn’t work. Further, EA/Origin tried very hard to drive up sales saying you’ll get to play on the release date, and that seems like false advertising since we can’t play. We all spent alot of time, effort, and money getting ready for the release and bought a LE copy for NOTHING.

I really wish they had stuck with Steam. After all it has a very large group of people downloading from it and has already worked out these issues. This is a huge failing of Origin and they owe us more than Beta access. Maybe we should all get the second expansion free? Whatever they give us they owe us something tangible for failing to deliver what they promised. I bought a Hard copy form Newegg just because I wanted to protest this Origin none sense. Steam works live with their EULA ‘s. They work. Silly EA.

I bet Steam could have this game up and running in less than 2 days :P


On December 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I just restored my system thinking it would do something to help me out as the problem that I’m having only began about an hour ago. It didn’t, so now I’m stuck wondering if the map-pack did something to my system or is Origin just down again? God this is frustrating…