Say goodbye to EA’s onerous ‘Online Pass’ program

Jason Wilson, VentureBeat:

EA is doing away with its Online Pass program from this point forward, a decision the video game publisher says is partially based on player response.

“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”

Online Pass was EA’s attempt to short circuit the used game market. New console games included an “online pass” code that players needed to input in order to play their games online. Games purchased second-hand from GameStop and elsewhere required users to purchase an additional code in order to play.

With all the bad press that EA’s getting this year over SimCity and other fumbles, it’s no wonder they did away with this program. It was as welcome as a turd in a punchbowl.



  • Peter

    its very likely the upcoming next-gen consoles allow functionality for publishers to enable/disable used games per title, EA is basically going to use that instead.

    • Herding_sheep

      Yep. Personally I welcome this. I know I’m in the minority, and I definitely don’t like that the industry has to resort to this. But frankly the only thing that sickens me more than anything is Gamestop and their used games tactics, and just how much money they’re making off of other peoples creativity AT the expense of the developers.

      If you think Gamestop is just some honest do-good retailer…..oh God, far from it. They’re probably worse than EA.

      • kibbles

        how are they different than record shops and second-hand clothing stores? i dont know since i dont shop for console games.

        • Buckeyestar

          They’re not any different. Some people just expect the sun and moon sometimes.

        • mikeyward

          One difference is that clothing and records have no ongoing cost to the content creator. These online passes partially help to fund keeping the servers online. Without them, a given game’s online features are probably going to be abandoned earlier than they might otherwise.

  • Doctorossi

    Ding-dong, the witch is dead.