Failure to Report SimCity Beta Bugs Could Lead to Bans

The publisher wants gamers to fulfill their responsibilities

By on January 21st, 2013 10:55 GMT

Those gamers who are interested in taking part in the upcoming beta stage for SimCity need to be ready to take their bug hunt duties seriously because Electronic Art might deliver bans to those who fail to report all issues that they find with the game.

According to Sidequesting, the official agreement that players accept when registering for the beta states that, “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’).”

It adds, “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 seems that players who fail to perform their beta duties might be hit with a full Origin ban.

It is unclear how exactly Electronic Arts can track the bugs that a player fails to report.

The publisher might also have some trouble explaining why a bug linked to SimCity would require a player to be banned from all video games delivered via Origin.

The SimCity’s beta stage will be launched on January 25 and the development team at Maxis wants to use it to test the infrastructure that the game requires and the new gameplay mechanics.

The reboot for the classic city building franchise will focus on multiplayer elements, allowing gamers to share the same region and pool their resources in order to create complex projects and develop their economy.

Launch will take place on the PC on March 5 in North America and three days later in Europe.

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