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EA Blocks Wang From Entering Origin [UPDATED]

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

EA's Origin isn't accepting of any Wang.

Earlier this month, EA rebranded the EA Store as EA Origin. However, it seems Origin’s registration system has run into an increasingly common problem for online services: It’s blocking some users from using their real names because it believes they’re trying to set up fake accounts.

A Reddit post published by user Spik3balloon this morning indicates that he has not been allowed to associate his last name with his profile because it’s on a list of blocked words.

Despite the fact that ‘Wang’ is a common name in Asia, EA's Origin doesn’t allow it. Granted, the last name field is optional, but this does point to an oversight in an area where EA thought it had covered all its bases.

Likely EA created a word list to filter out offensive usernames and extended the same criteria to the real name fields.

UPDATE June 23:

Spik3balloon has contacted us with the good news that EA has corrected the oversight and all is well now.

"EA have since fixed the problem, and my name (and others) now works correctly," Mr. Wang said. "Quite a quick response, I must say."

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    jsc , June 22, 2011 10:07 AM
    Or Weiner
  • 22 Hide
    christop , June 22, 2011 10:47 AM
    EA is retarded.
  • 21 Hide
    Pyree , June 22, 2011 9:36 AM
    That's racist!
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  • 21 Hide
    Pyree , June 22, 2011 9:36 AM
    That's racist!
  • 21 Hide
    opmopadop , June 22, 2011 9:37 AM
    So if my last name was Beaver...
  • 28 Hide
    jsc , June 22, 2011 10:07 AM
    Or Weiner
  • 1 Hide
    back_by_demand , June 22, 2011 10:23 AM
    Let's hope no-one registers with the name Scunthorpe
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    belardo , June 22, 2011 10:26 AM
    Does that mean no Santorum?
  • 13 Hide
    Pyree , June 22, 2011 10:46 AM
    Batman Bin Suparman will probably destroy EA after he fails to register, LOL!
  • 22 Hide
    christop , June 22, 2011 10:47 AM
    EA is retarded.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 22, 2011 11:53 AM
    ...you humans are all racist! =)
  • 16 Hide
    mchuf , June 22, 2011 11:58 AM
    christopEA is retarded.

    Pretty much sums up most filtering software.
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    gorehound , June 22, 2011 12:16 PM
    EA =FAIL
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    nebun , June 22, 2011 12:27 PM
    what's so racist about the word WANG?
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    Miharu , June 22, 2011 12:49 PM
    It's been 5 days I waiting about a response of EA support about an issue.
    They forget give me a promotional game... that I order in PREORDER.

    Since support can't do nothing because it's not a completely stupid question (and they have no power at all), I should receive a answer of someone boss.
    They messed up... and I still waiting.
    I'm sure they'll make me wait at the point of the forum will close the question considering it's answered...

    I think about never buy again from EA.
    Anyway, Origin is just a copy of Steam.
  • 0 Hide
    awood28211 , June 22, 2011 12:50 PM
    Wow. Super silly. I bet Marijuana is censored too. There was a news report a while back about a woman who had that as her first name. Bet she can't register!
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    hoof_hearted , June 22, 2011 12:52 PM
    I wonder if congressman Weiner (the one who tweeted his bird) would have a problem?
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    thrasher32 , June 22, 2011 1:00 PM
    What if my last name as Schlong?
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2011 1:03 PM
    So ea has completely forgoton about the once giant comupter company known as Wang computers. Idiots.
  • 4 Hide
    C 64 , June 22, 2011 1:09 PM
    Mister Dick van Dyke must have some problems setting up an account .....
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    fir_ser , June 22, 2011 1:13 PM
    christopEA is retarded.

    you bet they are.
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    gmarsack , June 22, 2011 1:46 PM
    I enjoyed the title of the article.. nicely worded. ;) 
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