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Battlefield 3 Beta Hacked, Accounts May Be Banned

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If you happen to land on a modified Battlefield 3 server, you could be banned from Origin and all your games associated with the EA service.

If you build it, they will hack it.

That seems to be the new motto for EA's Battlefield 3 beta, as server files were recently leaked, modified, and then used to launch rogue servers outside EA's official network. These rogue servers are now playing host to variants of the beta, some of which crank up the simultaneous multiplayer support on the Operation Metro map (in RUSH mode) from the original 32 to an insane 128 gun slinging gamers.

Naturally EA and DICE aren't happy, and the latter is now threatening to swing its almighty banhammer on anyone participating in these unofficial sessions. In short, players could be banned from EA's required online service, Origin, and any games associated with their account. The problem is that these servers are showing up with the legitimate ones in the official Battlelog-- anyone can connect thinking the setup is an official configuration instead of a hacker's funhouse. That said, an accidental click could result in a ban from a long list of legitimately purchased games.

"We are aware that a number of servers have appeared and are running game modes and player counts that have not currently been seen," the company said in a forum statement that has since been removed. "Please try to remain on the official servers. Please avoid temptation and remain on -the] official servers while we work to have these [rogue] servers dealt with. Playing on those servers can cause your account to become compromised, stats to be altered or other issues to arise which may lead to having your account banned by EA."

"If your account gets banned, it does mean any EA games you have on your account would also be unavailable," DICE added.

Just recently EA followed Sony's lead regarding the PlayStation Network and modified its Terms and Conditions for the Origin service, forbidding users from filing class action lawsuits against the company. The new ToS now compels users to "expressly waive the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action." All disputes that cannot be straightened out through "informal negotiations" will be "finally and exclusively resolved by binding arbitration."

Fun times for PC gamers.

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    tlg , October 4, 2011 8:49 AM
    SERIOUSLY EA? I will get banned for playing in unofficial servers while I have loaded and logged in through the official servers? And I will also not be able to log onto any other EA games I have???

    HOW ABOUT i just download your games from thepiratebay and you dont get my money never ever again?
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    cats_Paw , October 4, 2011 8:16 AM
    If you get banned you lose other games as well, i guess they keep giving people reasons "not to buy" games, but download them.
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    mcvf , October 4, 2011 10:09 AM
    This is outraging. Banning account with all legally purchased games because you have clicked on a server from the server list in the game? This should never be legal!
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    aliened , October 4, 2011 8:05 AM
    No custom maps then? This wouldn't happen on steam.
  • 11 Hide
    Floydage , October 4, 2011 8:08 AM
    I used to be excited about BF3.....
  • 13 Hide
    siege_templar , October 4, 2011 8:11 AM
    I know right? excited. then no steam, and ea origin and no server browser the little things will kill this game.
  • 5 Hide
    Floydage , October 4, 2011 8:14 AM
    Yea... It just keeps getting worse. I first decided to wait till after release in hopes it would come back on Steam. Now I'm not even sure I will buy it at all.
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    cats_Paw , October 4, 2011 8:16 AM
    If you get banned you lose other games as well, i guess they keep giving people reasons "not to buy" games, but download them.
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    Goldengoose , October 4, 2011 8:17 AM
    I still admire the speed of these 'hackers' - out for less than a few weeks and already seeing posts like this.
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    bear jr , October 4, 2011 8:30 AM
    Like many others I will not be buying this game, EA has alot to destroy my faith in them.

    Vote with your money people.
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    BulkZerker , October 4, 2011 8:31 AM
    cats_pawIf you get banned you lose other games as well, i guess they keep giving people reasons "not to buy" games, but download them.


    Damn right. I'll just mail a check to dice and put in the Memo: "Next time use steam for distributions, DRM."
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    tlg , October 4, 2011 8:49 AM
    SERIOUSLY EA? I will get banned for playing in unofficial servers while I have loaded and logged in through the official servers? And I will also not be able to log onto any other EA games I have???

    HOW ABOUT i just download your games from thepiratebay and you dont get my money never ever again?
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2011 8:53 AM
    For real, you guys are going to boycott the game because it won't be on Steam? EA wants to use Steam, but Valve has a set of strict guidelines that inhibit EA's ability to patch their games through Steam. It's not EA's fault Steam is a less than satisfactory choice for Battlefield 3.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2011 8:55 AM
    i think this is happening because it's still in beta.. once the game is out everything should be back to normal (bf:bc 2 style)
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    DroKing , October 4, 2011 9:02 AM
    Im glad i already made up my mind that this game will suck with EA's blind greed.
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    bloodlover , October 4, 2011 9:05 AM
    So let me get this straight : the game has a problem with hackers and instead of fixing it, EA will ban the actual legitimate players.

    Yeah... makes total sense and EA proves once again how they can destroy a series and a fan base with their crap (see the bs with DA2).
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    Maximus_Delta , October 4, 2011 9:26 AM
    bf3 is turing in a pain in the you know what, first i can't create a solider so have to use my account name which I never intended to be a solider name and now this... EA trying to be too clever and getting all the basics wrong. I don't even want this web based battlelog. Give me an application based server browser as per BFBC2, at least then some of the game can preload and its not so damn clunky.
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    Rizlla , October 4, 2011 9:27 AM
    EA is going to destroy EA.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2011 9:41 AM
    as much as what battlefield looks enticing, origin looks ever more fail then steam. for me the best game manager is ncsoft... that is all i want, screw all the other crap.

    i was a hectic CSS player for 2 years, so dont give me that BS about not giving steam a chance, it had a chance and got worse by the updates. steam is just as buggy and unreliable as what the BF3 beta is.

    but yea giving all that i stil think steam is slightly beter, and i do hope origin and ea gets the wakeup call.
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    Gamer-girl , October 4, 2011 9:41 AM
    So are the conquest game mode on operation metro map an offical server or not?
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    Maximus_Delta , October 4, 2011 9:43 AM
    they will just refund you, thats what I got when i cancelled my BF3 pre-order. You really going to set your lawyers on this?
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    giovanni86 , October 4, 2011 9:46 AM
    Don't get me wrong, but is that a typo or is that realistic.. 128 gamer's... I mean seriously i hate that i can only play with about 26 in just randomly clicking on "Quick Match" and well server always seems to have around 22-26 players only. If the game can withstand 128 players, i only hope they release the developer tools so a better MOD/Game can be made because 64 is great, but 128 that is just freaken awesome =D EA/Dice get your act together.
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    Anonymous , October 4, 2011 9:47 AM
    how can a company make you sign an agreement that tells you you cant sue them? yes they dont make you, but they do have awesome exclusive content, and the only other way of getting the content is piracy, but then they sue you...

    so WTF how can a company be allowed to do this and then ban all peoples games.
    i stil think people are stil gona force a law suit onto this, cause what EA is doing now is just stealing. people payed for the game, tested the game, and got banned before they actualy got the game. so they never recieved what they paid for they propably wont be allowed a refund aswell. so WTF now please someone answer me on this WTF now.

    and if a big head at EA reads this, i hope you contact me so i can show you how to run a company in the public AND the companies favor.

    look at minecraft, torchlight, grim dawn. these games have alot of public support, and understanding going on. its not hard, your just not trying
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