EA sees no difference between those who exploit bugs and those who find but fail to report them.
By Tim Colwill on January 21, 2013 at 2:38 pm
A post on SideQuesting points out that the End User License Agreemen for EA’s SimCity beta test contains some objectionable clauses, including this one which means EA can ban you from all game, forever, if you don’t report a bug you found.
“It is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (“Bugs”),” reads section 6.2.
“If you know about a Bug or have heard about a Bug and fail to report the Bug to EA, we reserve the right to treat you no differently from someone who abuses the Bug. You acknowledge that EA reserve the right to lock anyone caught abusing a Bug out of all EA products.”
So there you go. EA has yet to issue an official comment on the matter, and it’s likely this is just a catch-all clause that allows them to retrospectively punish you if you let an exploit make it into the final game — but it’s still a little bit ominously worded and terrifying.