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SimCity EULA to be Fixed

The SimCity Facebook Page has a follow up to the story we helped break on Sunday about worrisome language in the EULA for the upcoming SimCity reboot suggesting beta testers would lose access to all EA games for failing to report bugs in the beta (thanks Joe). Here's word:

Heads up, Mayors – it’s been brought to our attention that there’s been some confusion regarding the bug-reporting policy in the EA beta test agreement for SimCity.

Don’t worry – EA has never taken away access to a player’s games for failing to report a bug. In fact, we’re in the process of updating our agreement to make this point clear before the beta starts this Friday. If you have any more questions, read our FAQ:

Hope to see you in the beta Friday!

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10. Re: SimCity EULA to be Fixed Jan 23, 2013, 10:56 Jivaro
Beamer wrote on Jan 23, 2013, 09:41:
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That is all well and good Beamer, but this isn't 1997. At some point software publishers and game developers need to start being held accountable for the entirety of their product or service, not just the parts of it they can't blame on the PR or legal departments. Blaming an overzealous attorney makes sense, and it may even be true, but haven't we been doing this long enough by now that his kind of stuff really shouldn't be happening? How long do these "industry growing pains" continue?

I don't disagree necessarily with the gist of your statement Beamer, and I totally agree with your example of Instagram. I just feel like in 2013 we shouldn't have these kind of things going on with a major gaming publisher. If this was some small team, self-publishing and using a non-specialist attorney who happens to be the brother-in-law of the lead designer, then I get it. EA on the other hand has been doing this awhile, it would seem fair to assume that they use attorneys that specialize in the field, and pays a lot of money for those attorneys. It just seems a bit naive to me to believe anyone outside of the legal department didn't know exactly what was said in the EULA and what it meant.
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