EA threatens Origin bans in its TOS for not reporting SimCity bugs

Are you a SimCity beta tester? Then you better take it seriously, according to EA.

There has been a new clause discovered in EA’s terms of service for SimCity which states that people need to treat the beta like a beta and not as a demo, and not reporting certain bugs or glitches will result in Origin bans.

There is a closed beta currently underway which is under strict NDA, but people have already broken it by uploading videos of the game online. It’s also mentioned in their TOS (accessible while signing up for the beta) that they “reserve the right to treat you no differently from someone who abuses the Bug.”

“It is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (‘Bugs’). If you know about a Bug or have heard about a Bug and fail to report the Bug to EA, we reserve the right to treat you no differently from someone who abuses the Bug. You acknowledge that EA reserve the right to lock anyone caught abusing a Bug out of all EA products.”

It could have been framed a bit differently, a little less threatening, and I doubt they will actually ban because of the repercussions it would cause.

The beta will take place from Jan. 25-28, and the game is scheduled to launch on March 5th. You can register for the beta here.