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EA Forum Bans Still Earning Game Bans?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun reports hearing from players banned from playing Battlefield 3 and other EA games after being banned from the EA forums. This recalls an incident earlier this year where a player found himself locked out of playing Dragon Age II after being banned for misconduct on the BioWare forums. These bans were later lifted by EA who explained it was an error. Now they tell the tale of a few different similar incidents indicating the same policy is still being enforced. The story has an update showing EA's email response to a user explaining his "account will no longer be accessible in any way, and all property, items, and characters associated currently are or will soon be deleted," and they have reached out to EA for a further explanation. Here's their description of how he earned the ban:

Then we heard from James, whose tale is even more extraordinary. He has been permanently banned for using the word “e-peen”. (For those unfamiliar, this is short for “electronic penis”, and tends to be used to suggest someone is egotistically willy-waving.) However, he did not even introduce the word. It was in reply to someone else who’d said it, and responded, “Ah, back to the e-peen talk.” He was originally told this ban would be for 72 hours, but on Saturday received an email informing him that it was now to be a permanent ban from his Origin account, with no further explanation given. It was added that the matter was “now closed”. And, as ever, EA’s live chat and customer support are refusing to help him in any way. He’s also been told that his BF3 characters and levels will be deleted.

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17. Re: EA Forum Bans Still Earning Game Bans? Nov 14, 2011, 11:46 theyarecomingforyou
 
This is obviously taking things too far. There was no abuse here, it was just a casual retort to a comment. If a word is not allowed to be used then it should be blocked through the word-filter, though I'm not a fan of this sort of restriction - a lot of forums also do it for the word "troll". At the worst it should have been a warning and limited strictly to the forum account. Forum accounts should be completely separate from game accounts.

However, I would like to point out that I disagree with Valve's policy of permanent account wide VAC bans for cheating. Although we haven't seen it yet, I fear the possibility of malicious mods injecting hacks into games to trigger a permanent ban; there is also a risk from aggrieved 'friends' or acquaintances with access to your computer or children using the same account or computer. Those that take cheating seriously will maintain multiple accounts to minimise their risk. I would rather see a 12-month ban that expires or the possibility to purchase a reprieve, which would be restricted (one per 12-18 months) and cost prohibitive (say £60/$100). If I'm going to be using my Steam account for the next 20yrs then I don't want one action that may not even have been taken by myself to permanently restrict my entire account.

I hate cheaters but I fear that Valve's system takes a stance that is too simplistic. My account is worth $4500 according to Steam Calculator and I don't want to be permanently banned because my girlfriend decided to download some shitty mod (she often uses my Steam account but has her own) or because of a false positive. When I posted this on the Steam forums all the responses were "well, you shouldn't let your girlfriend use your computer" or "you should be more careful what you download", etc - nobody actually addressed the core concerns.

PS - Fuck EA. This is exactly the sort of shit I was expecting when they decided to push Origin for their games. Not only is it a crappy clone of Steam but it is being run more like a concentration camp than a gamer service.
 
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