EA follows Sony’s move, inserts class-action prevention clause into Origin’s EULA
EA has followed Sony’s footstep by adding a clause to its digital game distribution service Origin’s EULA which restricts gamers from bringing a class-action suit against the firm. The clause can be seen in the company’s recently updated terms of service agreement.
Once you accept the TOS, you’ll be denied the right to sue and have a jury trial, and you’ll only be allowed to bring in individual cases against the company. Similar to Sony, EA has also offered an opt-out clause which requires a user to submit a written application to EA. As mentioned earlier, this is due to a recent supreme court ruling which was in favor of this clause.
You can go through EA’s clause by scrolling to the bottom of EA’s TOS policy (Binding Arbitration):
By accepting these terms, you and EA expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
YOU UNDERSTAND THAT BY THIS PROVISION, YOU AND EA ARE FOREGOING THE RIGHT TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A JURY TRIAL.
YOU AND EA AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING.
Those words were written in CAPS by EA, and not by us.
However, EA’s new terms of service doesn’t apply to everyone. If you’re living in Quebec, Russia, Switzerland, or the Member States of the European Union, you’re exempt from this clause. We would like to request everyone to send EA an letter opting out of this clause, as this can be seen as a move to take out a lot of power from the consumer’s hand.
Origin’s direct competitor Steam is yet to add any such clause into their end-user agreement, and we hope it remains that way.
Do let us know what you think below and if you feel this move will be followed by other leading company in days to come.