EA Wii U games require Origin account for online play

New Electronic Arts policy document reveals players will need Origin account to play EA title's online; "Nintendo Network ID" revealed.

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An updated Electronic Arts privacy policy document confirms that Wii U gamers wishing to play EA titles online will need a Origin account to do so.

Additionally, by signing up for a Origin account for Wii U, players must agree to allow EA to collect their email address, Mii information, friend list, country, language, and date of birth.

Further, the document spells out "Nintendo Network ID." Nintendo has previously confirmed that Friend Codes from the Wii era would return for the Wii U, but it is not clear if "Nintendo Network ID" is a new name for these.

A Nintendo representative was not immediately available for comment.

Having an EA Origin account to play EA games online is not an exclusive requirement for the Wii U. The same policy is in place for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers. In all cases and for all platforms, players will not need to agree to share their credit card number or other personal financial account information.

Launched in June 2011, Origin is a replacement for the EA Store, and it serves as a hub and infrastructure for downloading and playing PC games, as well as ordering boxed products for other platforms. It boasts 12 million users and more than 50 publishing partners.

Discussion

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ollirg
ollirg

EA: F**king everything everywhere it goes!

ermacos
ermacos

I am registered with Origin because EA intergraded all old accounts to origin without asking, but I never ever installed origin on my computer.. if thats an answer to that. I will never do it.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Origin, it has 12 million users: "Look how many we got to sign up for this DRM software whether they like it or not!" Lol, not like I think that's what the EA executives gleefully tell themselves, but amount of accounts doesn't show how many of them signed up to install Origin, just because a single one of the games they wanted to play required Origin. I don't have Origin and although I would like to play Mass Effect 3 some day, that day is years into the future. I still haven't gotten around to playing games with DLC yet.

codeman101360
codeman101360

Just another reason not to buy EA games (as if people needed one).

lemonhead_75
lemonhead_75

It's time for EA to cut their losses and drop this awful system or policies. No matter what they do, Origin is unappealing.

Dugular
Dugular

To be honest, this has been happening since the PS2 era, just that it was then called an EA account.

 

The most annoying thing is they're also using this to shout about how popular Origin is, and a viable competitor to Steam. When, no, it isn't, I haven't bought a single thing off Origin, yet own an account purely for Mass Effect 3.

 

While I'm ranting about Origin, might I add that I saw NFS: The Run for £39.99 on there, yet the same day saw a brand new copy in a local store for £6. Yeah, that kind of stuff will really make me consider purchasing off Origin. Idiots.

 

Plus, since when can EA charge £39.99 for a PC game? It makes sense for console games because they have to go through Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo. But £39.99 for a PC game, on your OWN distribution platform, WITHOUT any packaging costs?

 

**** off, EA

BludshedX
BludshedX

There aren't going to be any dirty EA games going into my shiny Wii U.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I wish I could say that I am surprised. Well, no. EA is the worst company ever. 

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

My list of reasons not to buy EA games has just finished it's fourth book with this news.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Thank you for inflicting this upon us EA. You never cease to amaze us.

Rovelius
Rovelius

Lmfao at people overeacting. EA games always asked for EA accounts, all the way back to PS2 era. Origin on consoles is just another service. It has nothing to do with its PC counterpart.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

 @MW2ismygame Ever heard of GOG? They are a pretty good digital distribution service, too. Steam offers sales and has lots of stuff, while GOG makes consumers feel like VIPs with DRM's "stand up act" being replace with the "rockin' performance" of bonus content like wallpapers, music, digital manuals, avatars, artwork, etc. If EA offered sales like Steam and used "VIP treatment" instead of using abusive DRM, more people would respect them and Origin.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

You know EA I find it so funny that you try to do a steam like service and dont at least copy any of the good things. Do you want to know why steam has 40+ mill people on it ? little hint, because people came to IT and LIKED it, they did not have it forced down their throats. Thanks for making me inclined to spend even more on a steam sale than your sh***y service. Have a nice day EA.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

Nothing we can do.  They'll keep spending time trying to build mainstream popularity with Origin because Steam was given the same chance.  The only difference is, Steam got a whole lot better after its first year.  Origin will not, and given EA's history, its doubtful that will change in many years to come.

sune_Gem
sune_Gem

I'm pretty sure Origin has been marked down as a failure. Can't they just cut there losses and concentrate on being a good company instead?

KeeseKiller7
KeeseKiller7

It's like EA doesn't want their games to succeed on the Wii U. An origin account has never been required for their games on other consoles, so there's no reason for it be required on the Wii U. This isn't the first thing they've done to screw over the system. Come on, EA. You could at least try to be fair.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

Is it so wrong to just wanna launch your games and play without any interruptions? Thank you CD Projeckt and GOG for being the only ones to understand.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I don't mind having to setup an Origin account. Especially since I already have one LOL. But I wouldn't mind even if I didn't.

 

What I do mind is EA requiring me to allow them access to "Mii information, friend list,  and date of birth"

 

I should have the option to use Origin, but limit it's access. So I can allow it access to the email I use to sign up for Origin, but deny it access to my date of birth.

 

I understand the reasoning for this, but it's the same reasons I am cautious of allowing apps to connect to Facebook. I don't like it and I don't like the all or nothing approach to my info. 

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

You have got to be kidding me EA. No one likes this service. Stop forcing it on people.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

This news story should be in Escape from Mount Stupid!! Look at the complainers who really don't have a clue about what they are even complaining about, just mobbing up because others are. This is how people end up getting arrested because they were following the crowd, stop it and think for yourselves.  Read the story, it says "EA Origin account will be needed to play games on Nintendo Wii U", now coincidentally PS3 EA games require the same as do 360 games, thing is once you sign in on your console once it will ask you when you use a new game to connect using that very same account. Now ask yourself something, what is the difference on the Wii U? Think about that for a second...no, a few more....yes you got it....in case you didn't...It's nothing, there is no difference.  Gamespot, why did you even post this as a story without actually stating that Wii U users just like PS3 and 360 will have to sign in to their Origin accounts to play online with EA games. Look at the freaking stampede you caused by yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater.

ramb1402
ramb1402

The last game i bought from EA was ME2; i intend to keep it that way. Funny how EA stands for Electronic Arts but its been a while since i saw any of this "art" on any their games. psst nowadays ir more like Evil Ambitions.

MoreThot
MoreThot

hm... i can see into the future.. i predict EA will then boast about how many users they have.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Good thing EA has only a limited number of online games that play best on consoles and even fewer for Nintendo. Origin isn't so bad on the PC, very little personally identifiable information is required, and I am very, ah, circumspect about the information I provide.

Daisy432
Daisy432

 @Hurvl You don't have to buy any games from Origin. I already got an Origin account from when I signed up for an EA account for reasons I no longer remember. Maybe it had something to do with Burnout Paradise.

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

 @Dugular This is why I buy almost every game only when they are on a discount.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

 @Jinzo_111887 Oh i know that, i just find it funny that EA has such vast amounts of cash, power and need for a DDS that they are one of the worst out there and dont have any inclination to change it. They hopped on the band wagon so late, not to mention missing the wagon all together and breaking both their knee caps on the landing and landing face first in a steaming river of semi liquid s*it.

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

 @MW2ismygame "they did not have it forced down their throats."

You forgot those Steamworks games.

Dugular
Dugular

 @lfebaggins This is true. Both Valve and EA love money and love business. But the difference is that Valve loves gaming as well. EA lacks that.

Dugular
Dugular

 @KeeseKiller7 Actually, it has for a long time. Just then it was called an EA Account :)

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

 @KeeseKiller7 Not true. Per the article: "Having an EA Origin account to play EA games online is not an exclusive requirement for the Wii U. The same policy is in place for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers. In all cases and for all platforms, players will not need to agree to share their credit card number or other personal financial account information."

 

Personally, I can attest to having to log in via Origins on other platforms for Dead Space 2, Syndicate, and ... something else I'm blanking on at the moment.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

 @ExplicitMike Presumably the Wii U will have a feature (much like Facebook on iOS) that stores the Origin login for future reference so that you don't have to go through a layer of logging in every time you want to play online with a game that uses the service. Making it seamless after the initial setup for the game.

megakick
megakick

 @SavageEvil

 Wii friend password. Reading this and knowing how well Wii did with online play doesn't help Nintendo. IMO Nintendo should be make online safe ans easy as possible to get online to make up for the Wii and N64

Dugular
Dugular

 @ramb1402 They're also behind the times on the Electronic bit too.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

 @Unfallen_Satan I don't care that EA has my info. Hell a lot of companies have my info. I care that Origin is a bad service. Their costumer service is horrendous.

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @PeterTechGuy  Yep, Goty editions, Steam sales or other kinds of discounts is the best way to get games at a fair price. I've bought too many games from GoG.com because they have weekly discounts, so now I'm gonna play through all of them before getting a new one.

Dugular
Dugular

 @PeterTechGuy  @MW2ismygame The biggest difference is that the most Steamworks games aren't actually owned by Valve. It was the original developer's decision to make them Steamworks games because of how popular the platform was.Though your argument could have worked if you specifically mentioned Half-Life 2 ;)Which is true anyway, Half-Life 2 forced people on to Steam. Same tactic as Origin.The major difference though, is that Steam was a (kinda) brand new idea that many gamers would never have considered. Plus the service was really good causing gamers to stay and become loyal.Therefore, same tactics for drawing in, completely different tactics once in.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

 @Hvac0120I get that but, the service itself is useless to me. If I have a problem EA is terrible at fixing it. It took them 2 months to redeem a 50% off coupon and even then they couldn't do it.  Instead they game me 20 bucks. They don't offer competitive prices, They layout is ugly(okay that one is all me)  If I have to miss out EA games I will. Sorry developers, but the service is worthless to me. So I don't want their service on a console.

SavageEvil
SavageEvil

 @megakick If you are signing into EA Origin using email and dob details don't you think that Wii Passcodes would be completely irrelevant since those are anonymous?  Obviously this is an open online that Publishers set up their own structure, and will probably use the friend codes to directly identify you since being anonymous is completely retarded. Nintendo is leaving it up to the publishers, hence why I now realize why they didn't have voice chat as a main feature. Nintendo is trying to avoid any issues that would put children at risk and leaves it up to parents to ok these accounts, so if crap happens it will fall on those who sign the pact.  Well this is because you know American's tend to be sue happy even when they are wrong as hell.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

 @ExplicitMike That has never been a problem for me. I never expect any businesses, including EA and Origin, other than what they clearly say they will deliver, preferably only things they've demonstrated they can deliver to other customers. So I have never had the need to contact customer service. I also think Origin is unimpressive, but for providing basic online services for games like ME3 and BF3, I find it adequate.

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

 @Dugular I wouldn't mind having several platform on my PC. Console gamers have been dealing different platforms and exclusive games since forever. As long as Origin is a decent service, I don't see why people should avoid it like a plague.

Dugular
Dugular

 @PeterTechGuy You've got the right frame of mind. You're keeping it open which is always healthy.

 

My heart and experience though tell me that two years will prove the haters correct and Origin will just be one of those 'side things' of EA that bring in a bit more cash, mainly from those kind of gamers who play games as a side thing, and therefore only know the popular stuff like Call of Duty or FIFA, and therefore have no desire or knowledge of the better stuff from Valve, for example.Origin will never win over the hardcore gamer, even if it becomes a better service.I don't deny that Valve love money, but they love gaming as well. That's their secret. EA just love money. Therefore, Valve will always be more in tune with what the gaming community wants and will be the first to move things the right way. In two years time, Steam itself will be different as it's proving every year.

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

 @Dugular  You're right, although Steam used to be worse than Origin. I'd say it's still too early to judge Origin, wait two more years and we'll see.

Dugular
Dugular

 @PeterTechGuy  @MW2ismygame What is up with Gamespot's reformatting of my replies every time! Tired of seeing lack of spaces everytime I post

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

  @ExplicitMike Too late, Windows 8 will allow you to sign in to Microsoft account to sync your OS settings. Although it's optional.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

 @ExplicitMike  I see Origin and Battlelog as a part of BF3. It's the way EA made the game; the game and the online portal are not separate. In this limited way, it doesn't bother me. As Origin, indeed any other similar service, begin to encompass more games, it annoys me more and more. All of a sudden I need to supply my name, email, maybe phone number and address, perhaps even credit card info down the road, for games that cannot possibly make use of them. My biggest worry is the trend expands to all software and finally my OS, so that at some point there is just no way not to avoid giving out my information or using extra services I don't want. I mean, letting my BF3 collect dust doesn't bother me, but there is no way I am giving up using my computer.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

 @Unfallen_Satan I am glad you didn't have problems. But I must ask someone. Why do I need Origin and Battlelog to play BF3. Can't they just pick one pointless thing for me to do. Do you see how unnecessary I see these things to be?