EA blocks entire country from using Origin, accessing purchased games

Oct 30 2016 2 min read
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EA appears to have blocked South East Asian country Myanmar from accessing Origin and any games that are purchased through it. Reddit user Trivial_sublimebrought this to our attention today, saying they can no longer play their 20 or so games, of which they've "spent hundreds of dollars on."

"I was trying to log into Origin a few days ago and got a bizarre 'Access Denied' message," the user wrote in their post. "I googled it and found that 'Origin is no longer available in Myanmar.'"

What they found was a support thread on EA's site from September that brought up the same issue. An Origin Champion, the name for EA's volunteers who help with support, responded by saying, "I'm sorry, but Origin is no longer available in Myanmar," before going a little more in-depth later in the thread.

"[W]ith the Origin 10 update, US laws (which is where EA is based) forced them to block certain countries," Origin Champion DarkAmaranth1966 wrote. "Unfortunately, you live in one of those countries. I'm sorry, but there is nothing we [can] do here to allow you access again.

"We Heroes are not told why EA makes decisions like this nor what they might be planning to do about it."

We've contacted EA for official comment on this situation and will update this article with any information we receive. Meanwhile, you can read Trivial_sublime's full post here.



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