Posted by Chuck Corbin on Oct 24, 2012

EA Games On Wii U To Require Origin Accounts

One of the problems with EA is the fact that even if you’re playing one of their games on a console you’re required to sign into an Origin account if you want to play online. It’s another authentication step that just gets in the way between you and your game, and is really just a way for EA to have more control over the people who play their games. It’s been this way for the Xbox 360 and PS3 for awhile now, and it’ll soon be that way for the Wii U.

EA has updated its privacy policy to state that “If you sign up to play EA games through a Nintendo Wii U console, your Nintendo account information will be provided to EA so that we can establish an Origin Account for you.” “By signing up to play EA’s titles, you agree that limited user account information can be transferred to EA. Information transferred to EA includes your Mii information, email address, Nintendo Network ID, friend list, country, language and date of birth but does not include credit card number or other financial account information.”

I’ve never been a fan of having to do a second sign-in like this for a console, but it’s easy to see why EA wants you to have an Origin account, especially when you consider the kinds of information they’re taking from your Nintendo account. After all, they’re getting valuable customer data that they can use for marketing purposes. So, while you might not be able to hide what country you’re from, if you want to try and hide your personal information as best as you can you’ll need to make sure your Nintendo account information is as fake as possible. Well, if you even care enough, that is.


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