Major games company EA appears to have suddenly restricted access to its games client, Origin, in certain countries. According to Reddit user trivial_sublime, EA has disconnected players in the South East Asian nation of Myanmar from accessing Origin and any games players purchased through Origin.
The Redditor says he “[owns] about 20 games on Origin, and [has] spent hundreds of dollars on the platform. [He has] bought the full editions of all of the Battlefield games up to this point, with their season passes,” but says upon trying to access Origin he was met with an “Access Denied” message.
According to an EA forum post, EA_Tom, a community manager at EA, reported EA was “working to restore access to Origin for players in Myanmar,” but later commented, “In compliance with US embargoes and sanctions laws, Origin is not available in Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Syria and Ukraine (Crimea region).”
While EA has yet to offer further explanation, this policy shift seems to be accurate, with Redditor Ayymd_ explaining that Origin has been ‘banned’ in another country, Iran, which is on EA_Tom’s list of affected nations according to US law. According to players, EA has not offered refund or reimbursement for player’s purchases.
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This post was originally written by Ruben Circelli.