There is a report floating around on Kotaku and other sites that getting yourself banned from EA's forums will also lock you out of your EA PC games. You know, the ones that you bought with your hard-earned cash.
The issue seems to be a claim by an EA community manager for C&C Red Alert 3 that forum accounts are mystically linked to one's master EA acocunt. Here's the post:
Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since its all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It's all one in the same, so I strongly recommend people play nice and act mature.
All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but its what we have to do.
Those banned will stay banned, but like most other internet services, its not that hard to create a new fake e-mail account. However, its a lot harder to get a new serial key =
GP: I'm not sure that I buy this one.
Thinking back to the confusion over whether Dead Space was or was not banned in three countries, that misinformation came from EA community managers as well. Are these guys paid employees, or are they loose-lipped volunteers?
Either way, someone at EA needs to sit on them because they are spewing questionable information that is annoying the customer base.
And, even if this is true, it can't be legal.
UPDATE: GameCyte is now calling this just a bad rumor:
EA has taken the time today to definitively squash this rumor. “Players who have been banned from EA Forums are not automatically banned from online access to their other EA games,” an EA representative told GameCyte.
“Posting in EA Forums is enabled by an EA Nucleus account — but access to the forums and access to the games are separate.”