Sunday, February 23, 2014
EA Banishes Online Pass From All Its Games

EA Banishes Online Pass From All Its Games

EA has gotten rid of its online pass system that charged gamers a fee when they attempted to join multiplayer sessions of EA games purchased used, stating, “we heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether.”

That’s according to EA corporate communications representative John Reseburg, speaking to Gameinformer.

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.

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. 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 long been views as a way publishers recouped revenues from the used games market, and with Microsoft already confirming that it’ll include used game-blocking DRM in its new console, EA’s move to banish the online pass system comes as no surprise.

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