EA accidentally distribute thousands of free Origin games through coupon mix-up

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By on October 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Last weekend, many players found their Origin catalogue unexpectedly increased. Certain Origin users were awarded a $20 off voucher for participating in a survey about the game distribution service. However, those awarded quickly realised that the code could not be used just once, but as many times as they liked. Anndddd… cue the Internet!

The codes immediately found themselves distributed, mostly via Reddit, resulting in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of free games. EA have since shut down the code, resulting in frustration for those who legitimately earned the code but had not had a chance to order anything yet. They will also be honouring all purchases made over the weekend, resulting in further frustration — as many those who earned the code legitimately are missing out, but those others who didn’t even take part in the survey wound up with a whole bunch of free games.

Perhaps not the way to handle it, EA.

Source: EA Forums

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Village idiot

This makes me lol. Reminds me of the ubisoft store debacle a year or so ago where all their games online were $0.00. I scored the entire assassins creed catalog and a few splinter cell games thanks to that, haha.

 

I saw this on Reddit but the code apparently only worked for NA customers only, and I couldn’t be bothered enough to stuff around with a proxy.

 

Hehe, i posted this offer on the forums but idk if anyone took it up.

There wasn’t a need to proxy either jez, i used Origins US store page with a fake address to add it to my Origin account :D although i didn’t know the process was repeatable. Managed to pick up Dead Space for myself for $0.

 

lol-rigin.

managed to pick up fifa 12 and need for speed hot pursuit, would have got more but the website was horribly slow as more people got word of it.

the skeptic in me belies that this was a marketing ploy: they knew that due to site traffic only ‘x’ amount of games could be given away, the games that they were giving away for free with the coupon are all way past their selling days, and this will finally convince some people to build up their origin library.

 

I posted some comments on the new notch game article about people being discouraging with ther comments and such…

I am guilty of this as well.

Who the hell is even paying attention to this company anymore? Nobody cares about EA. They’ve had their time, and they stuffed it up…lay that shit to rest.

 

Free games???? AWESOME! Wait… EA Games… no awesome :( :( sad panda

 

Maybe it was all a plan to get more users onto origin.

Valve called pull something like this and “accidentendly” release say portal or portal 2 for free,

would help them bring in a lot of new users for Tf2 and Dota 2 when it’s released since they are already free games

people don’t need to flock to already free games, but if people see something that is normally paid for free, they’ll tend to check it out more because well its’ now free

 

“Perhaps not the way to handle it, EA.”

Given that they are letting people keep the free games when it wasn’t intended is good form in my opinion. Oh whoops, was I meant to be on the EA hate bandwagon too?

 

revx:
“Perhaps not the way to handle it, EA.”

Given that they are letting people keep the free games when it wasn’t intended is good form in my opinion. Oh whoops, was I meant to be on the EA hate bandwagon too?

The problem is that people who should have legitimately gotten something for free, in exchange for marketing services, are now going to miss out. They should atleast release a new voucher for the original list of people, and not doing so is pretty poop.

 

I scored Bad Company 2 + Vietnam, Medal of Honor, Burnout Paradise Collection and Need for Speed. I did the survey too though..

 

Everyone seems so proud of taking advantage of them. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. (Not talking about those who legitimately got the voucher but those who passed it on and picked it up.)

 

cyrinno:
Everyone seems so proud of taking advantage of them. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. (Not talking about those who legitimately got the voucher but those who passed it on and picked it up.)

And now EA may never do this again as a reward for a “survey”.

 

Wow, didn’t know it could be used multiple times… I just got Bad Company 2. Not much there I didn’t already have on PS3 or wanted to play anyway.

 

This is the second time they’ve done something like this. I’ve got 5 games in my Origin catalogue thanks to a stuff up where a bunch of games on sale were actually free. Haven’t actually played any of them though. Oh Well.

 

I did think about taking advantage, but as it turns out not even free games will make me install Origin.

 

Absolutely no sympathy for that mob, in-fact I’m a bastard and I’m almost thriving on this mishap.

I’m still waiting for Consumer Affairs to reimburse me after Origin accused me of a fraudulent purchase of Mass Effect 3 without evidence and failed to notify mr, broke their own terms of customer service by not responding to support requests and ignored my correspondence with attached proof of purchase.

 

As much as i hate origin i actually tried using the code with a proxy didn’t work resulted in “Payment Authorization Failed” every time although that makes no sense payment for something that costs $0.00?

 
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