EA Denies Banning Spore Owners for DRM Talk

Following up on the "mis-communication" that threatened to ban Spore users from their game if they discussed the title's controversial DRM on the official forum, publisher EA has explained that the fiasco stemmed from an "over-zealous community volunteer."

"These comments are absolutely not true or in-line with EA's moderation policy," Electronic Arts informed Kotaku. The post in question claimed that DRM discussion would put users "at risk of banning which in some cases would mean you would need to buy a new copy to play Spore."

The game's official message board ties posting privileges to the Spore account one creates upon installation and uses to access the actual game, with EA stressing that the volunteer is not considered an employee.

EA's official word corroborates earlier information from another forum moderator.

"You are not going to lose your game for posting a comment," moderator sporemasterladym wrote in response to the initial outcry. "It is okay to discuss issues on this forum as long as it's done in a respectful manner and there are no personal attacks. This includes the DRM and other controversial issues. Just keep it civil."

From The Chatty
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    September 24, 2008 4:08 PM

    This over-zealous community volunteer better get some lube as the EA steam train is going to give them a good ol' lesson for this fiasco.

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      September 24, 2008 5:28 PM

      Yeah, they probably won't let him moderate their forums for them anymore(!)

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      September 24, 2008 7:06 PM

      They'll block his copy of Spore.

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