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article imageEA abolishes online passes, gamers rejoice

By Stan Rezaee     May 16, 2013 in Technology
Electronic Arts has announced that it is abolishing online passes, the controversial gimmick to discourage used game sales by blocking online content unless a one time code is entered.
News of EA decision was first made by Jason Wilson, Copy Editor of GamesBeat (the video game branch of VentureBeat) and quickly picked up by other game news outlets in time for gamers to celebrate.
EA first introduced the online pass in early 2011 in what critics called an attempted to get the edge over the used game market that was dominated by Gamestop.
To no surprise; gamers were quick condemn the gimmick and it became a lightning rod of controversy in the gaming community.
It could be speculated that EA's decision comes in response to being voted The Worst Company In America for the second year in a row by Consumerist readers.
John Reseburg, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at EA, has stated: Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format. We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.
The announcement has been meet with great joy in comment sections along with gaming forums and communities like (the official Battlefield forum) and
"Can't believe I'm going to say this but, good job EA! Hopefully other publisher who do that online pass junk decide to dump it as well", stated User: Neoninja on
"Now hopefully companies like Ubisoft, Sony, Warner Brothers and anyone else who are dumb enough to think online passes are a good idea can do this too", stated User: animegamingnerd on
What the??? EA actually did something good???? Is this real life??, stated User:iamzatch on
However some users are skeptical of the news. SSGCOS, a user, posted: "I want to be Happy I really do. But for me to be happy I have to believe that EA learned something and did something positive. Not sure if I can do that."
Many major publishers still continue to use online passes but EA decision may lead the way to its abolishment.
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