Yesterday a post appeared on the official BioWare forums containing a complaint from a gamer who says he was unable to play his recently purchased copy of the Signature Edition of Dragon Age II (from the EA Store) because his main forum account (which is tied to his EA account) was suspended for 72 hours.
“My other account got suspended yesterday for 72 hours,” says ‘vware‘. “My suspended v_ware account has all my Bioware games registered to it. My other games are Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Awakening. I have played every game off Bioware since KOTOR, which is my favourite game of all time. Since I have these other games and off course have played the DA2 demo, my previously unlocked DA2 content is assigned to this account.”
He then goes on to say that because his account is linked, and suspended, he couldn’t activate his copy of Dragon Age II.
Apparently ‘vware’ was suspended for asking the developers “have you sold your souls to the EA devil?” in a post.
The response from the BioWare moderator? “EA Community bans come down from a different department and are the result of someone hitting the REPORT POST button,” says the moderator. “These bans can affect access to your game and/or DLC.”
Obviously we can’t confirm any of the allegations above, but if this is true it’s an odd state of affairs. Being banned or suspended is one thing, but should that affect your ability to play the games you’ve purchased?