EA Teams With White House for Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama will announce a nationwide public service campaign that urges young people to do more to help prevent sexual assaults on college campuses across the United States, the New York Times reports. The campaign, "It’s on Us,” will utilize celebrities (to be named later) and partner with game publisher Electronic Arts, according to the report.

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'Bejeweled 3' is 'On the House'

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts announced this morning that its "On The House" program will feature PopCap’s incredibly-addictive puzzler Bejeweled 3 this month. To get the game for free, all you need to do is have an Origin account and the Origin client installed. If you have those things already, you can download the game for free from this link. Once you download the game and add it to your game library once, you own if and can download it again whenever you want according to EA.

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Reclaim Your Game Evaluates 'The Sims 4'

September 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Reclaim Your Game (RYG), an organization dedicated to uncovering the secrets hidden in games (like DRM, and questionable clauses in end-user license agreements, terms of service of agreements, and privacy policies rolled into game releases), has taken the time to dig through The Sims 4, the latest release in EA's popular people simulator for various platforms.

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Davis v. EA Argued Before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Electronic Arts took its case defending itself against former NFL players (Davis v. EA - PDF) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (as detailed by The Recorder). EA Games argued Thursday before U.S. Court of Appeals that its portrayal of retired National Football League stars is protected by the First Amendment under "transformative use."

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Legal Scholar: 'Davis v. Electronic Arts' Perfect for Supreme Court Review

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An appellate case in court this week brought by former NFL players over the use of their likenesses in video games created by Electronic Arts could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to William Ford, a professor who teaches intellectual property law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

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EA Looking Into Making Games for Apple Watch

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts says that it has two teams investigating the possibility of creating game apps for Apple's new "Apple Watch." The Apple Watch was announced yesterday alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It will retail for right around $349 (for the low-end model) and will require an iPhone 5S or higher in order to work.

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EA Aware of 'The Sims 4' Gay Filter Problems, Fix Coming 'Soon'

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has acknowledged a problem with The Sims 4 not allowing users to share their Sims through the online gallery if it contains "gay," "homosexual," "queer," or "lesbian" in the character's name or description.

The problem was first brought to light by German YouTube personality Anna Eichenauer, who runs the "Why Stuff is Great" channel dedicated to games (you can find the Why Stuff is Great video on that subject here).

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EA Hires Former Starbucks Exec to Chief Marketing Officer Post

September 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has hired former Starbucks vice president of digital strategy Chris Bruzzo, according to a new blog post from the company. Bruzzo will take on the role of chief marketing officer, and will help shape the way EA utilizes social media and the Internet in general. During his time at Starbucks, Bruzzo helped formulate and implement the company's original digital and social media strategy. Bruzzo worked for Starbucks for seven years before jumping ship to EA.

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EA CEO Andrew Wilson Headlines 'GamesBeat 2014'

August 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Organizers of GamesBeat 2014 announced today that Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson will be a key speaker at this year's event Sept. 15 and Sept. 16 (at the Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel) in San Francisco. Wilson will take part in a fireside chat hosted by Mike Vorhaus, the president of Magid Advisors. The fireside chat will open the event and focus on how EA is pivoting from a traditional publisher to a more digitally focused company in the constantly evolving business of making and selling games.

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Play 'Titanfall' on PC For Free

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Titanfall is available for free for a limited time on PC as part of EA's Origin Game Time promotion. Obviously you'll need to be an Origin member and have the client installed in order to play it. Those interested in playing Titanfall simply have to add the game to their Origin game library and download it.

The free play event for Respawn's online-focused, future-leaning first-person shooter will only last for 48 hours.

Those interested in purchasing the game after the free trial period ends can do so and continue their progress from the trial.

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EA Cracking Down on 'FIFA 15' Cheaters

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new open letter to the FIFA community, EA Sports revealed the new actions it will take against those involved in FIFA Ultimate Team scams involving in-game currency in FIFA 15. EA Sports has vowed that it will crack down on those using bots to farm Ultimate Team coins, and those engaged in the buying and selling of those virtual coins on third-party websites.

FIFA Ultimate Team currency can be earned in-game by playing matches and trading players, but you can't buy them and EA does not sell coins to gamers.

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NCAA Appeals O'Bannon Lawsuit Decision

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The NCAA appealed a federal judge's injunction in the case involving former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, which prohibiting it from enforcing rules against student-athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The appeal was filed in the 9th Circuit court late Wednesday, and was not a great surprise to anyone following the case - the NCAA announced its intention to appeal after Wilken's ruling was released on Aug. 8.

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EA Sports Season Ticket Ends in 2015

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Sports announced on its web site that it will discontinue its Season Ticket digital subscription promotion in March of 2015. Launched in 2011, the Season Ticket offered early access to select EA Sports titles, Ultimate Team Packs and other DLC, and discounts on digital purchases for an annual fee of around $20.

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'Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare' For Free - For a Limited Time

August 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA announced that it is letting those who have an Origin account play Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare for free for a limited time. For 72 hours you can play EA's and PopCap's' team-based Plants vs. Zombies-themed online shooter via the Origin Game Time program.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare pits a team of plants against squads of zombies in 24-player suburban multiplayer arenas. As you progress through the game and gain victories you unlock all kinds of game elements and characters.

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Breitbart.com Thinks 'Battlefield Hardline' Maligns Tea Partiers

August 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Battlefield Hardline is taking a bit of heat today in Conservative circles for using imagery and language that some insist is meant to malign members of the Tea Party.

EA Has No Plans for Madden 15 Demo On Any Platforms

August 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts will not be releasing a public demo for Madden 15; instead it will focus on offering giving subscribers of EA Access the full game five days before it releases. EA Access is now out of beta and available on Xbox One. EA Access is available only on Microsoft's Xbox One for $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.

A Madden 15 demo will not be made available on Xbox One or any other platform, much to the chagrin of consumers.

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Peter Moore: Titles Added to EA Access Will Be Permanent

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts is making a solemn promise to the gaming community today: a game that becomes part of EA Access will remain available forever - or as long as the service is available... At least that is what EA chief operating officer Peter Moore is telling CVG, among other things. Moore also said that, because a game's inclusion in The Vault - the service's catalog - is permanent, EA has to be very picky about what it will include.

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'Wing Commander III' is 'On The House'

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA's "On The House" free PC game giveaway for the month of August is the classic space action game Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. As always you'll have to have an Origin account and the client installed to play the game. To get it you'll need to login to Origin and find it in the "On The House" promotional section (here).

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EA Access Does Not Require Xbox Live Gold

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Access, EA's all-you-can-consume games subscription plan for Xbox One, does not require an Xbox Live Gold account. EA confirmed the news but emphasized the fact that Xbox Live Gold will still be required for individual game features such as multiplayer. Of course that won't stop Xbox Live Silver users from obtaining the games and worrying about non-functional features later.

EA Access is not the first service to be available outside of Xbox Live Gold; Microsoft Netflix and other entertainment apps became available outside gold membership in June.

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EA Shutting Down 'Ultima Forever' by the End of August

August 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts is shutting down Ultima Forever, the multiplayer role-playing game for iOS devices. EA made the announcement on the official Ultima Forever forums. The game was billed as a spiritual successor to Ultima IV, but being a mobile title EA added micro-transactions into the mix. The online services will shut down on August 29.

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Sony: 'EA Access' Offers No Value to PS4 Owners

July 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A Sony rep. tells Game Informer that the company does not think EA Access offers a real value to PlayStation 4 owners. Electronic Arts announced the program yesterday, and revealed that it would be exclusive to Xbox One. Sony seems to be fine with that.

"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," they said.

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EA Reveals 'EA Access' Game Subscription Plan for Xbox One

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has announced a new $5-a-month subscription plan with Xbox One that will give those willing to pay a monthly subscription fee access to select Xbox One games. The subscription, which is rolling out in limited beta to select people today, will be available as a monthly or annual subscription.

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Report: EA Snuck SecuROM DRM in Free 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection'

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An investigation by Reclaim Your Game reveals that the new version of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection contains SecuROM, the notorious DRM. But the worst part is the fact that, while EA was giving away the game for free (because it is ending support for it) to anyone with an Origin account, it didn't bother telling anyone that the game contained this DRM scheme.

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Federal Judge Approves Settlements in NCAA Video Game Lawsuit

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken indicated that she would approve two settlements involving college football and men's basketball players who appeared in NCAA-branded video games developed and published by Electronic Arts, according to two plaintiffs' lawyers who took part in a preliminary approval hearing on Thursday.

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Support Ending for 'The Sims 2'

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA announced that it is ending support for The Sims 2. The 2004 sequel shipped nearly 20 million copies across all platforms, and released eight expansion packs. While it is shutting down support for the game, EA is offering those with a registered Origin account a free copy of the most-up-to-date version, of the game - The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection.

That will appear in Origin in the next few days before support ends on The Sims 2 July 22. The Ultimate Collection also includes all the expansions and stuff packs, and allows players to transfer their save files.

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EA Mobile Says Dungeon Keeper May Have 'Innovated Too Much'

July 9, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

About two weeks ago, Electronic Arts boss Andrew Wilson talked about what a shame it was that EA made a mobile version of Dungeon Keeper that most fans of the franchise hated with a passion that burned hotter than the fire of a thousand suns.

Yesterday, in an interview with GamesIndustry International, EA Mobile big cheese Frank Gibeau suggests that EA might have innovated too much with Dungeon Keeper Mobile.

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Some Fans Reject EA's Explanation On Cutting Swimming Pools and Toddlers From 'The Sims 4'

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

When fans of EA's upcoming The Sims game -- The Sims 4 -- heard that swimming pools and toddlers would not be in the game at launch (or possibly ever), they were upset. A recent post from EA's Rachel Franklin on The Sims 4 blog hoped to explain why these things were excluded and calm down any backlash from The Sims community. But it seems like Franklin's rather lengthy explanation has done little to nothing to calm down the community.

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NCAA Video Game Settlement Payments Detailed

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An estimated 100,000 college football and basketball players can receive up to $5,000 a year for the use of their likeness in NCAA-based video games, according to a settlement in an ongoing class action dispute. The news comes from Courthouse News who obtained the settlement document this morning.

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British ASA Rules That EA's 'Dungeon Keeper' Can't be Advertised as 'Free'

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that EA's free-to-play mobile title Dungeon Keeper can no longer be advertised in the region as being "free."

The watchdog agency said that timed in-game events that prevent players from progressing without micro-transactions are why EA needs to make changes in how it advertises the game, according to the ASA's website.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 104

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about Nintendo president Satoru Iwata's health and being reelected by the company's board, a bunch of topics related to Electronic Arts, and whether Microsoft should bother selling the Kinect separately from the Xbox One. All this and more awaits in the latest episode of the Super PAC. Download Episode 104 now: SuperPAC Episode 104 (1 hour, 13 minutes) 84.1 MB.

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Andrew EisenSleaker - Who the heck are you reading that is claiming "all gamers are bad," we "need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers," that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem," or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"?09/20/2014 - 9:44pm
erthwjimhe swatted more than just krebs, I think he swatted 30 people http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/teen-arrested-for-30-swattings-bomb-threats/09/20/2014 - 9:31pm
Craig R.Btw, the guy who swatted security expert Brian Krebs? He got picked up recently. It can be done.09/20/2014 - 8:55pm
Craig R.Such things are not done in a vacuum... hence why the 4chan and other logs show what fools you've all been, tricked into doing the trolls' work09/20/2014 - 8:49pm
Sleaker@Technogeek - How do you call someone out that anonymously calls in a SWAT team, or sends threats to people?09/20/2014 - 7:04pm
Technogeek"It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so." I'd say you're certainly obligated to call them out when you see it happening.09/20/2014 - 5:17pm
SleakerNow if you disagree with anything in my last 2 posts then we obviously have a difference in world view, and wont come to any sort of agreement. I'm fine with that, maybe some people aren't?09/20/2014 - 5:09pm
SleakerIt also doesn't mean that just because a news outlet says that Gamers are the problem and you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem. It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so.09/20/2014 - 4:59pm
SleakerJust to re-iterate: People getting harassed is wrong. Just because someone is harassed by so called 'gamers' doesn't mean that all gamers are bad. nor does it mean that you need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers.09/20/2014 - 4:56pm
SleakerAnd furthermore just because someone doesn't 'crusade against the evil' that doesn't make them the problem. You can have discussion with those around you. There's a thing called sphere of influence.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
Sleaker@Conster - one person getting harassed is a 'problem' only so far as the harassee's are doing it. Just because a select few people choose to act like this doesn't make it widespread. Nor does it immediately make everyone responsible to put an end to it.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
james_fudgeno worries09/20/2014 - 4:15pm
TechnogeekI misread james' comment as "we can't have a debate without threatening" there at first. Actually wound up posting a shout about death threats and "kill yourself" not technically being the same thing before I realized.09/20/2014 - 3:59pm
james_fudgeDon't hit me *cowers behind Andrew*09/20/2014 - 3:20pm
ConsterYou take that back right now, james, or else. *shakes fist menacingly*09/20/2014 - 3:00pm
james_fudgeOur community is awesome. We can have a debate without threatening to kill each other.09/20/2014 - 2:50pm
Andrew EisenNo one's crossed a line but I just want to remind you all to keep discussions civil.09/20/2014 - 1:54pm
Craig R.tldr: I'm a gamer, and imo those who support GamerGate should feel free to take a flying leap off a cliff.09/20/2014 - 1:27pm
Craig R.Not only that, I'm pretty sure that if actual studies were done, you'd still deny them, Sleaker. After all, it's not what you'd want to hear to support your rose-colored view of GamerGate.09/20/2014 - 1:18pm
Craig R.There IS an issue. Nor do we need a study to show that if you deny it then you're part of the problem.09/20/2014 - 1:17pm
 

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