Well, has there been an official explanation of the 2 year Expiring time on Origin yet?
**EDIT: TL/DR version: yes, ToS updated August 25,2011. **
Aka is it definitively:
1) After 2 years of non use of an individual GAME, you lose that GAME.
[From my reading of the ToS, apparently this IS the case.]
2) After 2 years of non-use of your ACCOUNT, you lose ALL games.
[Also from the ToS, yes this is the case.]
3) Then the killer aspect: even if you use your ACCOUNT, if you don't use each individual GAME(and remember almost all previous EA games are now Origin games), then you lose each of those GAMES, regardless of how active your total Origin account is.
[From my reading of the ToS, this is the case.]ToS Here
**Search for 24. It is under Chapter 5 Content and Entitlement Availability. ** OLD ToS!?!?
*EDIT*Hrm, holy shit, they seem to have updated this to remove the 2 year thing.
Of course, it still says content/Entitlements (what a horrible legal term) will be removed at their disgression, but the 2 year thing appears to have been removed since August 25, 2011. Hesitant "yay" on my part.
Well, BF3 has gone from being a boycott back to at the very least a bargain bin game...
For the record, old ToS verion from June:
"We do not guarantee that any Content or Entitlement will be available at all times or at any given time or that we will continue to offer particular Content or Entitlements for any particular length of time. We reserve the right to change and update Content and Entitlements without notice to you. If you have not used your Entitlements or Account for twenty four (24) months or more and your Account has associated Entitlements, your Entitlements will expire and your Account may be cancelled for non-use."
New version (August 25th):
"We do not guarantee that any Content or Entitlement will be available at all times, in all countries and/or geographic locations, or at any given time or that we will continue to offer particular Content or Entitlements for any particular length of time. We reserve the right to change and update Content and Entitlements without notice to you. Once you have redeemed your Entitlements, that content is not returnable, exchangeable, or refundable for other Entitlements or for cash, or other goods or services. "
Internet lawyers, feel free to say if the August version is better or worse, it sounds worse, but there is no time stamp expire clause...