After a player referred to Electronic Arts as “the devil” in a forum posting, he found himself blocked from playing Dragon Age 2 on PC. Following a 72-hour ban for “profanity,” developer BioWare declared the action was due to an error and restored his access to the game.
Kotaku reports the post in question was allegedly the not-so-profane “Have you sold your souls to the EA devil?”
In its initial response to a question over the ban, EA said the ban was due to the forum post having been reported by someone else on the forum, writing “EA Community bans come down from a different department and are the result of someone hitting the REPORT POST button. These bans can affect access to your game and/or DLC.”
The community manager for Dragon Age at BioWare later clarified:
“EA strictly enforces the code of conduct at Social.BioWare.com. If a player violates the rules by using profanity, they will be temporarily banned. Unfortunately, there was an error in the system that accidentally suspended a user’s entire account. Immediately upon learning of the glitch, EA restored the user’s macro account and apologized for the inconvenience.”