Read this story over on Rockpapershotgun.com.
To summarise, EA can take away your access to your purchased games at their sole discretion, and not offer any refund. That’s what you agree to when you buy an EA game. And of course this is not unique to EA. We are very aware of other services with similarly draconian bans, and are actively investigating them.
So be warned. There’s no legal recourse here. The EA terms are clearly laid out, and you are required to agree to them before you can install a game they provide. And their rules are ambiguous enough that they can choose to ban you at their own discretion.
Seems like the hammer is starting to come down.
I've read through the user's posts, and while he wasn't very nice he wasn't as bad as some of the trolls that infest EA's forums. Bad Company 2's forums are filled will infinitely more degrading crap than what was posted on Bioware's forum. Posting on forums is not a right, and I agree that bans should be handed out for abuse.
I do not, however, agree with Single Player games, or games of any kind, being tied to that access. Buying my game doesn't grant me the right to post my every dark thought on the forum for that game, however I believe it does
give me the right to at least play that game, regardless of what I say and where I say it.
Valve's Steam has a similar policy, however I don't believe it's actually enforced it for mere forum abuse, though I could be wrong. In any case, it seems these types of services are granting companies a little more power than they should have. Does this mean that Microsoft have the right to brick my Xbox 360 because they don't like what I post on the offical Xbox Forums? For me, that's literally some AU$3,000.00 worth of console and games.This is part of what one of the Bioware Moderators had to say.
... Because the BioWare community now operates under the same umbrella as all EA Communities, community members here have all explicitly agreed to abide by and be governed by both sets of rules. Consider it an added incentive to follow the rules you say you're going to follow...
"Consider it an added incentive to follow the rules you say you're going to follow."
I really don't like where this type of control is going.