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EA: Online Pass profits didn't balance out reputation damage and player frustration

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 14, 2013 6:45am PDT

EA is finally ditching Online Passes so the three-year experiment clearly didn't work out quite as it had hoped, but how bad was it? "The amount of money that we made, it didn't replace the amount of frustration we put on our customers and it didn't offset the reputation dam...

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"Ubisoft doesn't have the online check anymore since like 2011? I know Far Cry 3 worked fine ..."

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EA's Gibeau: 'DRM is a failed dead-end strategy'

By Alice O'Connor, Mar 27, 2013 5:30pm PDT

SimCity was brought crashing down at launch by its always-online requirement, this we know. However, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has sworn blind that the requirement was a result of the designers' MMO visions, not a DRM mandate handed down to Maxis from EA. He's ragged ...

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"" EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has sworn blind that the requirement was a result of the ..."

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