Circling Reddit today is a story from a user named “trivial_sublime” in the country of Myanmar about EA Games and Origin restricting access to their accounts and games nationwide. After recieving an “Access Denied” error code and doing some research online, the user discovered that Origin has in fact denied access to an entire country. There are a ton of topics about it on EA’s answer page, and EA representatives are claiming that it is because of sanctions in the USA against Myanmar. The problem with that is, the sanctions were lifted on October 7th, and at the time of writing this article Origin is still denying access to potentially thousands of users who have spent hundreds of dollars on games (I do not have the stats on Origin users in Myanmar, I am guessing based on population). The fact that Steam and other platforms like it are still working is proof that EA Games has once again given gamers the short end of the stick. Says the OP, “This is a much, MUCH bigger problem than just a few gamers in Myanmar. This highlights a crucial element of the TOS of big game companies – the money that you pay them gives you essentially nothing in return, except for an empty promise that the game company may let you play their game until they decide you can’t.”
The reddit user and community is asking that this story be shared, so please spread this article around! You can find the original article here.