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EA (Accidentally) Blocks Entire Country From Playing Games on Origin

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Digital distribution is great for a few reasons. It’s sometimes cheaper, it’s far more convenient and it centralises where your games are stored. EA, like many other publishers, decided to branch out with their own service years ago, and it’s likely you’ve heard of Origin before. The citizens of Myanmar, in Southeast Asia, know of it too – which made their blacklisting this weekend a frightening reminder of how bad digital distribution can be in rare occasions.

In what is now being called an accident by EA, the entire region of Myanmar was blocked from accessing Origin, and all their games associated with the service. The reports started flooding in yesterday, as forums were lit up with players attempting to figure out what was happening. Several outlets quizzed EA, who seemed to have no knowledge of the banning. Soon after they acknowledged the issue, and stated that they were working on getting access back to Myanmar gamers.

“We are working to restore access to Origin for our players in Myanmar. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we’ll share updates on timing as soon as possible.”

The timing of it was a little curious, as Kotaku points out, but it’s wake up call to the often joked about future of digital distribution. Plainly put, you’re giving up actual ownership in exchange for convenience and piracy protection, meaning publisher can easily yank away your access to games in a heartbeat. And it’s not only for digital too, considering most games on PC need to be authenticated through some online service before play.

Still, given the rarity of instances like this I wouldn’t get too worried about what could happen to your extensive online library. There’s no indication that this will happen to anyone in the near future, and wouldn’t really benefit the publishers who need customer purchases to survive. It was a mistake, but an alarmingly too real one at that.


Last Updated: October 31, 2016




  2. Kromas Ryder

    October 31, 2016 at 13:44

    Except most of my steam games (SP) runs perfectly fine in offline mode. 🙂


  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 31, 2016 at 13:48

  4. WeetBix

    October 31, 2016 at 13:49

    It was Shaun Abrahams doing!


  5. HairyEwok

    October 31, 2016 at 14:25

    If steam decided to end their service in SA i could lose about R10k worth of games (Origin is like R5k)….. This is why i prefer hard copy games over digital.


    • Deceased

      October 31, 2016 at 14:27

      as pointed out – most games ( even hard-copies ) need to be authenticated somehow online

      though – I do get what you’re saying 🙁
      I’ll be well over R30K from steam 🙁
      ( WTF am I doing with my life )


    • Lu

      October 31, 2016 at 14:51

      According to Steamdb.info my library is worth R29525. But if I paid more than R4000 I’d be surprized.


  6. Dungeon of JJ

    October 31, 2016 at 15:51

    Yea. I’m off Origin anyway. EA just discontinues games like it’s no one’s business anyway, leaving you with greyed out titles in your library that you’ll never be able to play again. No thanks.


  7. 40 Insane Frogs

    October 31, 2016 at 17:28

  8. Andre Fourie

    November 1, 2016 at 08:04



  9. Avithar

    November 1, 2016 at 11:08

    mmm i doubt this was an accident…


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