SimCity is hosting a round of closed beta testing this week and testers should be aware that not taking their role seriously could have serious consequences.
When signing up for SimCity’s beta, users must sign off on a lengthy terms of service agreement. SideQuesting examined the terms closely and uncovered this little gem:
“It is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (‘Bugs’). If you know about a Bug or have heard about a Bug and fail to report the Bug to EA, we reserve the right to treat you no differently from someone who abuses the Bug. You acknowledge that EA reserve the right to lock anyone caught abusing a Bug out of all EA products.”
In simple terms: if you don’t report bugs you encounter, you may suffer an account-wide Origin ban.
Although terms of service often contain clauses which are rarely if ever evoked, you should probably just play it safe and send in bug reports should you spot any nasties during the closed testing. That’s what you’re there for, after all.
SimCity’s beta kicks off on January 25. Applications close today.
Thanks, Blue’s News.