EA Online pass “dead” and “done away with” despite Xbox One policy change

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By on June 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

Following Microsoft’s surprise reversal on its Xbox One licensing system, the cynical among you no doubt expected EA to reinstall its online pass system in order to harvest revenue from used games. But no.

“[There is] no change to our decision to discontinue Online Pass. It is dead,” EA’s John Reseburg told Polygon.

“As we said a few weeks ago, none of our new EA titles will include online pass, and we are removing it from existing games as well. Nothing else on today’s news, but did want to be clear that our online pass decision was based on player feedback, and there’s no change.”

In fact, when MCV asked EA Sports’ Andrew Wilson if EA intended to find a way to charge users for online content, he was firm:

“That’s not our aim. We’ve done away with it,” he said.

Wildson said that EA introduced the online pass system to garner “compensation” for the “exorbitant amount of money” it invests in “online services and the provision of online services”, and although it still makes sense to do so the impact on gamers is too severe.

“We have a gamer-first mentality – we don’t always get credit for it but we do. We looked at it, and said ‘we don’t want to put that barrier there for gamers to have to go through that process. We are going to take it away. We are going to get rid of it. We will go back to making great games and it will all work out,’” he said.

“It’s about how do we make sure we deliver the best possible seamless experience for gamers, how do we get rid of those pieces in the middle that would otherwise impede their gaming. How do we get back to focusing on building great games?”

Source: As above, via VG247. Twice.

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It’s EA, you would have to be deaf dumb blind an stupid to not see whats coming. They are going to find another way to slip it in there… Sorry, but EA never give up on screwing people for everything they can get. These idiots make even SOE look competent.

 

Love how they say they are game first when everyone knows that’s not the case. They are trying to rebuild from the shattered remains of their always terrible, but now utterly destroyed reputation. EA’s golden age was over a decade ago, even then they were screwing dev’s left right and centre, then they worked out how to do that to the customer. It’s never been the same since…

 

tas:
It’s EA, you would have to be deaf dumb blind an stupid to not see whats coming. They are going to find another way to slip it in there… Sorry, but EA never give up on screwing people for everything they can get. These idiots make even SOE look competent.

Because you’re such a super genius at developing business strategies and you know what everyone’s going to do before they do it?

Remind me again when you last looked at their public business strategy for 2011-2014?

 

rapid101,

ahh your a EA fan, I see… sorry to dent their halo, but EA are widely known for being a joke.

 

tas:
rapid101,

ahh your a EA fan, I see… sorry to dent their halo, but EA are widely known for being a joke.

Not being an idiot makes me a fan?

Love the logic. Also love the logic how a company that is one of the top 5 video game publishers in the world is also a ‘joke’. I bet you could run SUCH a better company than the EA directors ever could!

 

I see an article with EA in the title and I go in expecting rabid101 to be mouthing off…and here we are, surprise surprise.

 

rapid101: Not being an idiot makes me a fan?

Love the logic. Also love the logic how a company that is one of the top 5 video game publishers in the world is also a ‘joke’. I bet you could run SUCH a better company than the EA directors ever could!

love your logic.
kotick didnt quit. EA is todays archetype, premiere “every dollar counts” publisher.
they’ll find a way, they always have, and always will. good luck xbox fans of any game post 2013.

 

I never really saw a problem with their online pass anyway. Probably because as a PC gamer secondhand games are a foreign concept to me, but still.

What I do have a problem with is their continuing Origin exclusivity.

 

rapid101: Because you’re such a super genius at developing business strategies and you know what everyone’s going to do before they do it?

Remind me again when you last looked at their public business strategy for 2011-2014?

Oh it’s that guy who tries to educate people on the internet about how to run multi-million dollar businesses instead of running multi-million dollar businesses.

Listen to this guy everyone.

 

mearehear:
I see an article with EA in the title and I go in expecting rabid101 to be mouthing off…and here we are, surprise surprise.

I see an article with EA in the title and I go in expecting the GON community to be slagging off EA even if they did something good… and here we are surprise surprise.

 

shuth: I see an article with EA in the title and I go in expecting the GON community to be slagging off EA even if they did something good… and here we are surprise surprise.

Snap.

 

Searching for reason to be skeptical…….

No reasons found.

Initiating Bizarro World protocols.

 

shuth: I see an article with EA in the title and I go in expecting the GON community to be slagging off EA even if they did something good… and here we are surprise surprise.

To be fair they didn’t do something good. They did something bad, then they stopped doing something bad.

 

matty: To be fair they didn’t do something good. They did something bad, then they stopped doing something bad.

True.

It even reminds me of the Simpsons where they are trying to save money.
Lisa: I’ll stop buying Malibu Stacy clothing.
Bart: And I’ll take up smoking, and give THAT up.”
Homer: Good for you, son. Giving up smoking is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. Have a dollar.
Lisa: But he didn’t do anything!
Homer: Didn’t he, Lisa? Didn’t he? ..Hey, wait a minute. HE DIDN’T! (Takes Dollar back)

 

matty: To be fair they didn’t do something good. They did something bad, then they stopped doing something bad.

Which is… uhh.. something good? It blows my mind how far people will go to skew even the most basic of events into an evil corporate plan.

matty: Oh it’s that guy who tries to educate people on the internet about how to run multi-million dollar businesses instead of running multi-million dollar businesses.

Listen to this guy everyone.

As opposed to all those educating EA, the multi-million dollar business on how to run a multi-million dollar business?

Seriously, I hope you’re trolling because… jesus….

 

shinanigans: Which is… uhh.. something good? It blows my mind how far people will go to skew even the most basic of events into an evil corporate plan.

EA implemented a system that charges a user money just to have the privilege to play a game they already paid for, which adds in no end user benefits (no good ones at least), and has been widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in video gaming history (bar ET on the Atari). Now EA have decided to remove this feature (for whatever reason) and have returned to the gaming industry norm. And you want to praise EA for this?

It’s not an achievement to stop being an asshole.

shinanigans:
As opposed to all those educating EA, the multi-million dollar business on how to run a multi-million dollar business?

Just letting him know that his is no more credible than anyone else he calls out for not being credible.

shinanigans:
Seriously, I hope you’re trolling because… jesus….

Not here, but I will next time anything Crytek pops up. Because praise the lord.

 

jesus. “EA implemented a system that charges a user money just to have the privilege to play a game they already paid for, which adds in no end user benefits (no good ones at least), and has been widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in video gaming history (bar ET on the Atari).”

they implemented a system that charged 2nd and 3rd etc owners the privilege of playing online something the original user got for free, with the price of the game. The original owner never suffered, all he had to do was enter a code that came with the game. The sequential owners, who got the game at a discounted 2nd hand rate, had to pay a fee. if your going to be up in arms against something at least know what your actually talking about.

If your exclusively a pc gamer, this wouldnt even bother you cause at the moment you cant buy any game second hand these days anyways.

 

sirgriggles:
jesus. “EA implemented a system that charges a user money just to have the privilege to play a game they already paid for, which adds in no end user benefits (no good ones at least), and has been widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in video gaming history (bar ET on the Atari).”

they implemented a system that charged 2nd and 3rd etc owners the privilege of playing online something the original user got for free, with the price of the game. Theoriginal owner never suffered, all he had to do was enter a code that came with the game. The sequential owners, who got the game at a discounted 2nd hand rate, had to pay a fee. if your going to be up in arms against something at least know what your actually talking about.

If your exclusively a pc gamer, this wouldnt even bother you cause at the moment you cant buy any game second hand these days anyways.

The original user didn’t get online for free, they paid for it as part of the cost when purchasing the new game. Selling a second hand game doesn’t add new online costs, it takes over the online license that came with the game. EA basically found a way to make money by revoking parts the gaming experience to 2nd and 3rd users which has already been paid for by the 1st.

I’m not “PC exclusive” btw, I own every console actually. (Like anyone claiming to be a gamer should have)

 

matty: The original user didn’t get online for free, they paid for it as part of the cost when purchasing the new game. Selling a second hand game doesn’t add new online costs, it takes over the online license that came with the game. EA basically found a way to make money by revoking parts the gaming experience to 2nd and 3rd users which has already been paid for by the 1st.

right, as they should. why should i buy fifa 13 for $79-89 then 8 months later sell my used copy to jb hifi for $X. 2nd hand user x then goes and buys it for 59 and gets exactly the same experience without paying what i paid for it?

Even if ea arent doing online passes, other people are, such as naughty dog/sony. i got a copy of the last of us, went home, went to play mp and the online code had already been redeemed. i had to ring sony and obtain a reference number saying that the online pass HAD been redeemed but not on my account, and take the game back to jb hifi and get another copy. only 3 weeks ago, God of War ascension had me enter an online pass. yet sony’s the savior of console gaming?

And that comment about “pc exclusive” wasn’t directed at you, sorry to be confusing.

 

sirgriggles: right, as they should. why should i buy fifa 13 for $79-89 then 8 months later sell my used copy to jb hifi for $X. 2nd hand user x then goes and buys it for 59 and gets exactly the same experience without paying what i paid for it?

Because you are selling a second hand game. Why should someone pay the price of a new game to get your used copy?

sirgriggles:
Even if ea arent doing online passes, other people are, such as naughty dog/sony. i got a copy of the last of us, went home, went to play mp and the online code had already been redeemed. i had to ring sony and obtaina reference number saying that the online pass HAD been redeemed but not on my account, and take the game back to jb hifi and get another copy. only 3 weeks ago, God of War ascension had me enter an online pass. yet sony’s the savior of console gaming?

I don’t think anyone has mentioned Sony but your experience is actually a great example of how this online pass system hinders the experience of original purchaser too. Look what you had to do just to play the game you already had purchased. It’s a horrible system in which it has taken away something you are entitled to have (a game you paid money for). If company has taken away something you are entitled to, giving these rights back should be an expectation not an achievement.

 
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