Report SimCity Beta Bugs or Else…

The SimCity beta draws new attention today and not for good reason. We all know we’re supposed to read those 30 page EULAs we acknowledge, but none of us ever does. Twisted Pixel’s Dan Teasdale gives us yet another example of why we really should take the time to read EULAs.

Teasdale tweeted that EA is not only intent on banning players that exploit bugs within their games, but also on banning people that know a bug exists and fail to report it. This isn’t the first time EA has added this little “tidbit” to their EULA either. The Battlefield 3 beta testers had to agree to the same condition.

The SimCity Beta EULA reads:

“It is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (“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.”

Surprised? So basically if you find a bug, hear about a bug, or found what MIGHT be a bug in the SimCity beta and fail to report it to EA, you are subject to the exact same treatment as a player that intentionally exploits a bug. You may be banned from ALL EA products.

My question would be how enforceable is this clause? We all know that the SimCity beta test is exactly that, a test. Nowadays though, betas aren’t sold to testers as such. Betas are part of the overall larger marketing ploy today. While no one was banned due to this clause in previous betas, should this type of addition even be included in the SimCity beta EULA…or any game’s EULA for that matter? What do you think?