SimCity Beta Terms of Service Suggest Exploiters Will Have Origin Accounts Banned
A number of lucky individuals will be inducted into the SimCity closed beta next week. According to the restrictive agreement, players who do not take their roles seriously as beta testers may be banned for not reporting bugs or abusing these bugs to gain an advantage.
SideQuesting dredged up the following snippet from the lengthy terms of service, which you can read when you sign up as a tester:
“It is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (‘Bugs’). If you know about a Bug or have heard about a Bug and fail to report the Bug to EA, we reserve the right to treat you no differently from someone who abuses the Bug. You acknowledge that EA reserve the right to lock anyone caught abusing a Bug out of all EA products.”
In other words, players who do fail to report bugs will be banned for hindering the testing process. The beta test, which is limited to a select few people, is intended to serve as a proper test for the game leading up to its release, and not a public demo—as other beta tests usually are.
The ban covers not only your access to the SimCity beta, but your Origin account as a whole. As we reported a couple of days ago, the beta test begins on the 25th.