Future EA Games To Exclude “Online Passes”

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The widely unpopular online pass, a trademark in games published by EA with multiplayer, has been given the boot. According to a report by VentureBeat, EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications John Reseburg announced that they will be discontinuing the requirement of online passes.

“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

The online pass was initially EA’s attempt at blocking the secondhand market. The pass required players who bought the game secondhand to spend extra money on a new “online pass” should they wish to access the multiplayer aspect of the game. In games like Battlefield 3, an online pass is basically essential.

Publishers were worried that players were buying games second hand, especially popular ones with big multiplayer bases. It became a way for publishers to make sure that they were getting some kind of income for every player that played their games. However, from this day onward you will not have to activate an online pass in order to play any of EA’s upcoming games. Hooray!

With the rumor that the next generation of consoles will block secondhand games crushed, it looks like we will see the secondhand game market continue to prosper.

Hopefully with EA listening to feedback and deciding to remove the online pass, we will see other publishers follow suit!

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