EA Sports ‘Online Pass’

Second hand game? Then you pay for online.

Electronic Arts have revealed the ‘Online Pass’ system. Commencing with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011 this July, all EA Sports titles will come with an code that allows online play as well as access to extra DLC. Anyone who purchases the game second hand will have to pay an additional $10 fee to obtain a new code and use the game online. EA’s Peter Moore says,

“This year, we will introduce Online Pass to all EA SPORTS simulation games on the Xbox 360 and PS3, beginning next month with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11.  Online Pass is a game-specific, one-time registration code that grants gamers full online access, as well as additional bonus game content.  An Online Pass will be included with the original retail purchase of the game.  If the original access code has been redeemed (for example, if you pick up a used copy), additional Online Passes will be available for $10.  Fans can also sign up for a free 7-day trial to experience Online Pass.”

“This is an important inflection point in our business and one we think is fair because it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhance premium online services to the entire robust EA SPORTS online community”

What do you think of EA’s new policy? If they use the standard $1=£1 rate that we usually get when it comes to games, that is a tenner extra on top of a second hand game to play online.

Source: EA Sports Blog

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