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SimCity Beta Can Get You Banned

EA and Maxis will be launching SimCity on 5 March but in the meantime, players can get their hands on the beta – but should be given fair warning.

According to a Tweet on the SimCity Twitter page, the beta will be taking place between 25 and 28 January where players can grab a one-hour slice of the game. You can sign up for the beta here. Players need to be warned though because according to the terms of service, players can have their Origin accounts banned for not reporting bugs.

According to a report on SideQuesting (via BluesNews), EA reserves the right to ban SimCity testers for not reporting bugs.

In the End User Licence Agreement (EULA) under section 6.2, it is your responsibility to report all known 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,” it states.

It means that if you are caught seeing or using a bug and don’t report it, it’s the same as finding out about the bug in a game and abusing it. Interesting tactic.