Thu, Aug 04, 2011 | 01:13 BST
Origin’s ToS allow for inactive account deletion
The terms of service for EA digital distribution platform Origin contain a reference to possible account deletion after two years of inactivity.
“If you have not used your Entitlements or Account for twenty four (24) months or more and your Account has associated Entitlements, your Entitlements will expire and your Account may be cancelled for non-use,” section 5 of the service’s user agreement terms states.
Entitlements in this context apparently refers to “paid and free downloadable content, unlockable content, digital and/or virtual assets, rights of use tied to unlock keys or codes, serial codes and/or online authentication of any kind, in-game achievements and virtual or fictional currency”, but of course, if your games are tied to your account and it gets canceled, well.
You probably don’t need to get too excited about this. Terms of service almost always include a bunch of worst-case scenario allowances that never get used and wouldn’t stand up in a court of law. For example:
“EA reserves the right to refuse your request(s) to acquire Entitlements, and EA reserves the right to limit or block any request to acquire Entitlements for any reason. We do not guarantee that any Content or Entitlement will be available at all times or at any given time or that we will continue to offer particular Content or Entitlements for any particular length of time. We reserve the right to change and update Content and Entitlements without notice to you.”
Which basically means EA can cut you off from your purchases whenever it feels like it – which it will almost certainly never do unprovoked. Still, if you’ve jumped on board the EA train, you may want to remember to check in with your purchases once every two years.