EA Sports Online Pass required if you want to play future EA Sports games online

Tuesday, 11th May 2010 03:52 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Like some of the athletes its game depict, EA’s Project Ten Dollar appears to have gone on ‘roids.

Unlike those juiced-to-the-gills “athletes,” however, EA’s not being quiet about it. Instead, the publisher’s named its new program the EA Sports Online Pass, and has outlined the new big bad wolf to used gaming’s three little pigs with a handy FAQ.

The gist of it, though, is this: starting with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, EA Sports titles will require an Online Pass – one per game – in order for you to access any and all online features. This, of course, includes online multiplayer. The implication, then, is that if you decide to buy a used copy of EA’s latest ode to all things golf, you’ll have to shell out an extra ten dollars if you want play put-put on Xbox Live or PSN.

Interestingly, GameStop seems to have finally taken a long, hard look at the writing on the wall, and has decided to support EA’s new initiative.

“GameStop is excited to partner with such a forward-thinking publisher as Electronic Arts,” said Dan DeMatteo, Chief Executive Officer of GameStop in EA’s announcement. “This relationship allows us to capitalize on our investments to market and sell downloadable content online, as well as through our network of stores worldwide.”

The runway’s clear. Pigs, prepare for take-off.



  1. Freek

    Hold the phone, they are essentially charging an extra subscription fee for online gaming on top of Live? And MS is okay with that?
    Sure, it’s only for second hand games, but that’s a slippery slope.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. humanfish

    So, if i buy this game (which i will because of Move i think) and play it on my PSN login, does that now mean my brother can’t play it online on his PSN id (on the same console). If this is the case, i shant be buying because that is incredibly stupid. Is there any clarification available?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. JimFear666

    Do I need an unique Online Pass for every user on my console?
    No. One Online Pass will give online access to multiple users logged into the console where the Online Pass was first activated (subject to the console manufacturer’s and EA online terms of service).

    Also, the user that activated the Online Pass will be allowed to access online features on other consoles (of the same manufacturer) by logging into the same account credentials that they used when they enabled the Online Pass.

    Basicly it seems that its all linked to your login and console.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. NGCes26294BIV

    So, let me get this straight.

    If EA were a car manufacturer, they would charge a levy for every used car sale regardless of the distributor, at a rate of roughly 25% of the original purchase price!?

    Oh well, at least second hand games are going to get a whole lot cheaper for those who play exclusively offline :)

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Blerk

    Shouldn’t they also be offering the choice to buy a brand new copy without online play for $10 cheaper than the usual RRP, then? For those people who don’t want to play it online?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. pleasant_cabbage

    Good point Mr Blerk. They’ve proved that they can divide their content so why not?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Caleb_LK

    This is some pretty serious BS now I would understand if it was for PS3 but for Xbox 360 when we have already payed for live, thats just stupid.

    I understand giving extra content such as ME2 or BF BC2 but this is just ridiculous no live if you buy it second hand…. I guess im not getting madden 11 screw that now.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    This really hits me hard.

    I have three xb360s/Live Gold and the three of use share our games. Now we can’t do that. Even when we buy a new game. The reasons my boys and I each have our own system is so that we can play games at the same time instead of having to wait and barrow just one system.

    This stinks.

    In an average year I buy NCAA FootBall, NCAA Basketball, Madden NFL, Tiger Woods(about every other year), and Nascar(when they make one). Thats an extra 50usd just to be able to play online with my three brother inlaws.

    Did EA give any thought to how something like this impacts the people that buy their games? If they want second hand salls to drop go through the courts. Put the pressure on Gamestop and friends, go digital. But don’t out right screw the very same people that buy their games.

    If EA really wanted to curb second hand sport game sales, drop their prices on new versions. NFL 2K games were priced at 20usd. No reason to have yearly updates costing 60usd anyways.

    Another tragedy to this whole mess is that EA has a virtual strangle hold on the sports market. Lest in the states.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DeSpiritusBellum


    Oh yeah, EA are by gamers, for gamers.

    I can’t believe people actually bought that crap in the first place.

    #9 5 years ago

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