The new Sim City game is almost upon us and some players will be able to have a tiny taste of the the game later this week if they are included in the Beta Testing Phase, starting on January 29. Even though players will only be able to try out 1 hour of content, the beta testing process looked like it was going to be a serious business: players reported that in terms of service agreement Electronic Arts stated that it would ban players who would not report any bug to developer, treating them as if they were actually taking advantage of the glitches to their own advantage. And we’re not talking about getting banned from the game but from the Origin system as a whole.
Electronic Arts has today clarified on the issue, stating that they wouldn’t ban players for not reporting bans: a EA representative told Kotaku that the ban would only be intended for players taking advantage of known bugs. The language used was too broad and they are currently changing the Beta TOS to reflect this and to avoid scaring players too much: make sure you don’t do anything with the known bugs and you will be fine.
Sim City will officially launch on PC sometime during March.