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EA DRM Tools

New EA Game Authorization Management Tools are now available to help users manage Electronic Arts games saddled with SecuROM activation limitations. There are two options, one is to download and run a general tool to scan your computer for EA PC games released after May 2008 to learn how many computer authorizations you have available for each detected game, and the second is to download one of the Game-Specific Authorization Management Tools to remove authorizations to free them up for installation on other machines. Thanks Ant and Slashdot.

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44. Re: EA DRM Tools Apr 1, 2009, 03:13 noman
>>This in fact, is a much better copyright protection scheme, than any >>other method I can think of.....

>>1) I can deactivate a license and then resell the game if I want.
>>2) There's no need to keep CD in drive

>The problem is that if you lose your install due to data corruption,
>a problem with Windows or forgetting to backup your licence on a
>format then you lose an activation - lose all 5 and you lose access
>to your game. I'd much rather buy my games on Steam and lose the
>ability to sell them on than to risk losing games altogether.

I know about how you can lose activations, and I actually did with Bioshock. The whole point of this tool from EA is that you can free up activations, regardless of what happened to the old installation.

I much prefer it over other systems such as Steam or even StarDock's which explicitly prohibit revoking a license. In case of Stardock, you can revoke a license by paying a flat fee of $10-15. I find all that completely ridiculous.

This is a good move from EA and it strikes some sort of a balance between the manner in which they protect their revenues and trust their customers.

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