EULA - What You Don't Read Can Hurt You
EULA (End User License Agreements) are very common in gaming these days. But with them being so common, you need to be aware of what they mean to you as a player.
We're going to have several examples of some of the more restrictive EULA agreements in gaming today. Let's start with one that I wrote about previously here.
The terms of League of Legends change constantly, but it is important to know one particular clause. While I won't bore you with the whole thing, here is the most important part:
"You acknowledge and agree that Riot Games, in its sole and absolute discretion, may stop providing support for or access to the Game at any time, for any reason or no reason. You also agree that Riot Games may change, modify, suspend, "nerf," discontinue, or restrict your access to any features or parts of the Game at any time without notice or liability to you. You acknowledge that you have no interest, monetary or otherwise, in any feature of or content in the Software or the Game."
This is all quoted exactly (some parts are in bold for emphasis) from their EULA. Basically it means that even if you have spent hundreds of dollars on this game they can ban you for any or no reason.
I have to ask Riot something, how can I have no monetary interest in a game I have spent hundreds of dollars on? The free to play argument is weak and doesn't apply when the game has significant amounts of content you can only access through real money. On top of that they can take away your ability to play it freely, which was a major selling point for the game.
Another huge restriction of the EULA is that it gives companies like EA untold power over you and your games. Gaming site Rockpapershotgun and many others reported that one user was locked out of his EA account.Continued on the next page