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EA: Possible All-Games Bans for Unreported SimCity Beta Bugs

A post on SideQuesting takes issue with the Terms of Service for beta testers of SimCity, the upcoming continuation of Maxis' urban planning series (thanks Joao). It seems EA is taking a zero-tolerance policy towards those who knowingly abuse bugs to the extent that users who fail to report bugs are threatened with loss of access to "all EA products," not just this beta. It seems apparent this will only apply to those who actually exploit unreported bugs, as this would be their only way of knowing who is aware of them. Here is the clause in question:

“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.”

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65. Re: EA: Possible All-Games Bans for Unreported SimCity Beta Bugs Jan 21, 2013, 04:10 Domgrief
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jan 21, 2013, 01:53:
These EULA's or TOS can't be legal...can they?

That probably depends on which country you live in and/or which court you take it up with (I know the EA TOS states that you have to use the North Californian court system, but that clause is probably illegal in a bunch of places too).

It seems like there's absolutely no downside for companies like EA to put illegal, one-sided garbage into their EULAs.
 
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