EA killing Online Passes for existing games

Publisher confirms it is retroactively eliminating online passes for all EA titles beginning with EA Sports games.

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In response to consumer feedback, Electronic Arts has announced it is doing away with its controversial Online Pass scheme altogether. Previously, the company said only that future titles would not include Online Passes. Now, the move will be applied retroactively, beginning with EA Sports titles.

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"As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well," EA corporate communications representative John Reseburg told Game Informer. "We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether."

"Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online," he continued. "These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come."

Online Passes have often been viewed as ways for developers and publishers to offset the financial shortfall of not seeing revenue when games are traded in and resold through retailers.

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They only have to do Just enough good so they can get ahead of Microsoft for next years Worst Company in America award.

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they should reimburse me the ten bucks i wasted on an online pass for battlefield 3

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What's this, a New EA, glad the old CEO is gone. How about bringing back Overstrike.

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At last we see a good work from EA !!?!?!?!?!?!

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@Runar Jenssen i dont think that EA has been working with microsoft


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June 9, 2013

"We are shutting down online services for all aforementioned titles."

-EA

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so if i buy an ea game that already came out i wont need the online passes


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Excellent news! Now for the DRMs

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and why have they reached this decision? Microsoft will police the gamers themselves!!! I wouldnt be surprised if there was someone making money on this. Buy the game used..??? It automatically has a fee right there. Microsoft, and i hope not sony, will take care of EA's online pass with a nice check from MS. Everyone wins!! ohh, wait a minute...........damn those gamers!!!

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@nervedamaged True someone always makes money somewhere

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so much win!!!

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@eminent2star so i i buy an ea game that already came out i wont need an online pass


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**** EA.

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Question: Why would the biggest game studio on Earth do away with a method of collecting profit on used games?

Answer: Because Xbox One & PS4 will already have it built into their systems in some way.

This just adds further proof that we'll be paying $10-$30 fees to play our used games on the next generation. Trust me, EA doesnt "care" as much as they want you to believe they do. They just know the next-gen will make their Online Pass system redundant.

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Exactly. The more I think about this, the more it seems like a cynical (though brilliant) move on EA's part. They get to rake in the gamer goodwill now, knowing Sony and Microsoft will be doing this for them at the console level. They lose nothing and gain a fair amount in return.

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@rpgking2005 sony hasnt confirmed it yet


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Well done EA! I hope you will continue to make all of your policies more consumer-friendly. I would be happy to give you more gaming $ if that becomes the case!

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You guys think EA/Dice will be able to put 64 player servers for this game on PS4? They havent mentioned a word about that and i dont know why!! I mean there shouldnt be a reason not to support it when the PS4 has powerful hardware specs and at least 10-15x more powerful than the PS3!!

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@GamersKing84 I think it's very likely. The XBox One and PS4 appear to have enough power and RAM to handle the load. We won't know for sure until EA gives us more info about BF4. So, fingers crossed!

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Yeah, but expect to see PC gamers saying that their Bf4 can support a whole countries' population in one map.

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@GamersKing84 wtf does that have to do with anything? They haven't even talked about BF4 yet which is probably why you know nothing about it. Derp.

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@WingChopMasta @GamersKing84 Its a question, and its about BF4 so it has somewat a relation to it, dont gett butthurt

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@GamersKing84 @WingChopMasta Fair enough. To answer your question, it will be more than likely that we would see 64 player servers this time around on consoles.

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WHAT ABOUT FIFA??????? DAMN YOU EA! Sports titles should have been first??? I bought a used FIFA 13 and I wont buy the damn pass. Remove it already :s

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It's a shame. Online passes did their job correctly.

Too bad the gaming community is full of the whiniest people on the planet, and have to ruin everything.

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took them long enough.. I just feel sorry for the people who bought an online pass on a pre-owned or borrowed game.. I'm so glad I didn't bother buying this pass for dead space 3

and I doubt EA will refund the gamers who spent hard earned money on this joke of a policy..

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@ExtremelyAVG I happily paid for every online pass.

It was worth the 10 measly bucks to make sure that the proper company was getting credit for what I bought.

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Am I the only one that doesn't dislike EA Games? I play games as I don't care who owns the games that I want to play. I do have favorites of some of the companies that make and owns games, but I don't dislike any of them.

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@ghstbstr You really shouldn't use double negatives such as "doesn't dislike" and "don't dislike".....just something to whine about :)

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@ghstbstr I'm with you. Without EA there wouldn't be Skate, or SSX, or Mass Effect...

People just find a way to whine as much as possible, about as little as possible. Even something as good as PAYING THE PEOPLE WHO MADE YOUR GAME instead of just gamestop.

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@VenkmanPHD You realize someone already paid for the game once right? Why should they get paid twice. When you loan a game to a friend, do you charge him $10 so you can send it into EA so they get paid off of that also, because if not you are letting him steal from EA following your logic...

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EA didn't have anything to do with Mass Effect 1. And it's also arguably the best ME of the 3.

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Now with waning interest in all of EA publishers lineup of games, EA may finally start to look from its ivory towers at the disappearing customers and have decided the crickets are getting too loud.

While all online passes need to be removed, all forms of ONLINE all the time games have to be fixed as well. Internet availability cannot be deciding factor of when and where you can play a 60$ game.

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Just your weekly required EA PR spiel from GS move along. There will be another next week and the week after that, anything to keep EA in the news feeds.

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I forgive you EA, yeah, im nice like that.

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Yay, should had done away with this a long time ago when gamers weren't pissed. It's the pissing generation now EA, y'all need to try harder than this.

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I guess with the Xbox One that has that used gaming fees and the fact that the PS4 can give the publishers the option to block used games makes me think of why EA is stopping online passes since they don't need them anymore. I still don't trust them at all.

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And what about all the people that already purchased an online pass? Do they get their money back? Discount? Coupon?....At least a hug and saying your sorry?

Sometimes doing the right thing, isn't doing the right thing.

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@Gravity_Slave So you think that just because people aren't going to get refunds, EA shouldn't remove online passes? That makes no sense.

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I think this is actually good news... There have been like 3 or 4 versions of what M$ might be doing regarding used games in the future floating around out there and to be honest it seems at least one of the biggest video game publishers (2k) has not a clue what M$ is going to do regarding the issue... So to assume that EA is in the know about it and are dropping the pass just because they are sure they will recoup the loss in the next console generation is exactly the opposite of why I believe they are doing it... Probably has more to do with damage control and trying to get back on the good side of gamers.... man image is everything and don't think the M$ isn't aware of the vast amount of negativity with the xbone reveal... they were testing the waters to see if they could get a cut of the used games industry by releasing all these conflicting statements and seeing what ppl would tolerate.. don't worry sony is no better they just let M$ make the first move and take the blame i'm sure they would like a cut of the action too... but to be honest i think the way to really build trust and not try to 3 card monty gamers (who are a fickle and intelligent lot mind you) is to just try to keep things the same...release games that people want to keep...offer interesting DLC that makes ppl want to hold onto games...play fair...rockstar games and beth and a few other publishers have done this and it works...i would never trade my copy in of skyrim or rdr etc due to the great support these games have had from the developers and their lasting appeal...



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Paragraphs...use them.

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We all know this is probably because of the Xbox One used games policy, but this means it doesn't apply for current gen games, so that's at least a plus.

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@daabulls23 Don't you mean, due to this generation coming to an end? They have made as much money as they can. Taking this stance won't hurt them financially.

EA changing their stance now has no bearing on next generation, due to the secrecy MS has adopted.

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So EA says there listening to the customers and getting rid of online passes. Well I heard this 2 weeks ago. EA didn't do it for there customers. There just getting the money from microsoft now cause the XBox one will make companies like Gamestop pay microsoft and game producers money to sell used games. EA always wanted to get money from the used game industry. So nice try EA we are smarter then that!!!

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@bozoot "They're", not "There".

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@PatSon13 @bozoot HA HA Thanks I need all the help I can get. I could use a English major to follow me around.

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@PatSon13 @bozoot Wanna play the grammar game? Your punctuation marks should be inside the quotations. Periods and commas always go inside quotations marks.


Hooray, now I can feel superior for correcting someone on the internet.

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@PatSon13 @bozoot Always one,.... shame on you PatSon.

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@Teddy_Bear123 @PatSon13 @bozoot Shame on you! There's nothing wrong with trying to improve the use of the english language. We speak english, not american idiot.

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Edited By Subterfuge71

I buy used games, but I don't play online, so online passes don't affect me at all, but I don't see them as a bad thing as long as they are no more than a few pounds to purchase. Servers are expensive to run, so it only seems fair that those gamers who have bought a used game pay a few pounds if they wish to use the companys servers for online play.

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