EA Blocks Wang From Entering Origin [UPDATED]

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."

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Pyree
    That's racist!
  • opmopadop
    So if my last name was Beaver...
  • jsc
    Or Weiner
  • back_by_demand
    Let's hope no-one registers with the name Scunthorpe
  • belardo
    Does that mean no Santorum?
  • Pyree
    Batman Bin Suparman will probably destroy EA after he fails to register, LOL!
  • christop
    EA is retarded.
  • amk-aka-Phantom
    ...you humans are all racist! =)
  • mchuf
    christopEA is retarded.Pretty much sums up most filtering software.
  • gorehound
    EA =FAIL