We first mentioned EA’s OTT banning of players back in the April 2011 edition of NAG Magazine. That’s a whole year ago! It turns out that when EA said, “as with all technology updates, these changes take some time to implement,” they weren’t kidding.
A quick recap for those who have no clue what’s going on: some people have been permanently locked out of their EA Origin games due to misbehaving in the EA Forums. Both forum and Origin logins are the same thing, so when you misbehave in the forums, you get locked out of your games. In the case of some people, they received lifetime bans for things that they didn’t even do. Crazy, but you can read more about that here.
Luckily, however, EA has since altered their EULA to allow for banned EA accounts to still access Origin games. This is great news for those who have received lifetime bans – warranted or otherwise.
EA has a little post on their official Help section that details how to get to your games. It’s a simple matter of putting Origin into Offline mode. Once that’s done you’ll be able to play your single player games without a hitch. What, you didn’t think you’d be able to get back into Battlefield 3 multiplayer did you? Yes, we guess this is the caveat: single player games will remain for those with banned EA accounts, but your shit-out-of-luck if you want to play multiplayer.
Source: Rock, Paper, Shotgun