Alpha Agreement

Welcome to EA. We hope you enjoy participating in the Alpha Program, which includes access to pre-release product, EA Virtual Currency (defined below in Section 3), and In-Game Content (collectively, the “Alpha Materials").

Your participation in the Alpha Program is governed by this Agreement, and EA’s User Agreement (terms.ea.com) and Privacy and Cookie Policy (privacy.ea.com), which are incorporated by reference (collectively, the “Alpha Agreement Terms”).  This Agreement is between you and the EA entity listed in the EA User Agreement.

By participating in the Alpha Program, you agree to the ALPHA AGREEMENT Terms. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE, DO NOT install or use THE ALPHA MATERIALS, OR PARTICIPATE IN THE ALPHA PROGRAM. 

1.   Alpha Program Participation Requirements

By participating in the Alpha Program, you agree that:

1.      Your access to the Alpha Program begins once you install or access the Alpha Materials, and ends when the Alpha Program expires unless extended or terminated earlier.

2.      An Internet connection and EA Account may be required to participate in the Alpha.  To create an EA Account, you must provide a valid email address.  You must be eligible to participate in the Alpha Program and be a resident of a country where participation in the Alpha Program is permitted.

3.      You are 18 years of age or older.

2.   License

Your use of the Alpha Materials is subject to all license and other terms described in the EA User Agreement.

3.   Virtual Currency and other In-Game Content

EA may offer virtual or fictional points, coins, or currencies (“EA Virtual Currency”) in the Alpha Program.  When you obtain this EA Virtual Currency, you receive a limited, non-assignable, non-exclusive, revocable license to access and select from in-game products, services, assets, or content (“EA In-Game Content”) that EA expressly makes available in the Alpha Program.  The EA User Agreement contains additional terms that apply to your access and use of EA Virtual Currency and EA In-Game Content.  

The Alpha Program and Alpha Materials will run in a test environment, and characters, achievements, progress, features, EA Virtual Currency and EA In-Game Content that you obtain while participating in the Alpha Program may be erased, updated or modified at EA's sole discretion, at any time and without notice to you.  EA does not guarantee that any particular EA Virtual Currency or EA In-Game Content will be available at all times or at any given time.  These items may not be accessible after the Alpha Program ends, or after commercial launch of the game.

4.   Reviewing and Evaluating Alpha Materials

Your participation in the Alpha Program is voluntary, done for your personal enjoyment, and does not constitute employment or an offer of employment between you and EA.  EA does not ask or require you to work a certain number of hours or shifts to participate in the Program.  EA expects you only to use your leisure time to participate in the Alpha Program, and does not expect you to forego other activities, including gainful employment.  Your participation in the Alpha Program and any feedback, suggestions and comments you give EA (such as bug reports and test results) (“Feedback”) do not entitle you to receive compensation of any kind.

EA shall have the right (but not the obligation), at its sole discretion, to credit you for the Feedback, and you grant EA a license to attribute such Feedback to you.  You grant EA the right (but not the obligation) to use the Feedback for any purpose, including in any products, marketing or other media, without your approval or notice, and without compensating you.  You represent and warrant that (1) you have the right to enter into this Agreement and assign and grant these rights; and (2) any Feedback provided by you is your original work and does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights.

By participating in the Alpha Program, you agree to receive communications by email about your participation in the Alpha Program, including to solicit Feedback, even if you have not agreed to receive general EA marketing email.

5.   Termination

This Agreement is effective until terminated by you or EA.  EA may terminate your EA Account as well as your access to the Alpha Program and Alpha Materials if you violate this Agreement or any of the Alpha Agreement Terms.  Sections 1-10 of this Agreement survive termination of this Agreement.

6.   Relief and Indemnity

You agree that a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement will cause EA irreparable injury, that money damages would be an inadequate remedy, and that EA shall be entitled to ex parte injunctive relief without bond to stop a breach or threatened breach.

7.   Use of Data

When you participate in the Alpha Program, EA may collect and store data from your computer or device, including information about your computer or device and operating system (such as IP Address and device ID), information about your Alpha Materials usage, gameplay and usage statistics, system interactions and peripheral hardware.  If you participate in the Alpha Program offline, this data will be stored on your device and transmitted to EA when your device connects to the Internet.  EA uses this information to operate its business, improve its products and services, provide services to and communicate with you (including for marketing purposes), provide software updates, dynamically served content and software support, and troubleshoot bugs or enhance your experience.

You should not disclose your personal information in your public communications within the Alpha Materials.  EA is not responsible for information that you choose to communicate to other users within the Alpha Program, or for the actions of other users.  EA reserves the right to monitor this content and communications. 

8.   Confidentiality

All Alpha Materials and information you provide EA in connection with the Alpha Program are EA “Confidential Information.”  Confidential Information includes: (1) Information about, within, or sent through the Alpha Materials and the Alpha Program, including (a) the performance, capabilities and content of the Alpha Materials; and (b) Feedback from you, other Alpha Program Participants, or EA employees; and (2) Information about EA’s products, services or business operations. 

Your confidentiality obligations are laid out in the Addendum. EA reserves the right to amend the Addendum from time to time upon written notice to you. At EA’s request, you must return to EA any and all copies of the Alpha Materials delivered to you.

9.   Alpha Materials on PC

To access and use Alpha Materials on PC, you may need to register with the serial code enclosed with the Alpha Materials.  The Alpha Materials on PC may use Origin Online Activation, and also may use Sony DADC Austria AG’s Denuvo content protection technology, as described in the EA User Agreement. 

EA Anti-Cheat Technologies. EA may use its own anti-cheat technologies in connection with the Alpha Program.  When you connect online to a game server, these technologies will activate and monitor your game play, the game files associated with the Alpha Materials and your computer’s RAM.  These technologies detect cheating and any unauthorized third-party programs running concurrently with the Alpha Materials and any modifications to the Alpha Materials’ files enabling or facilitating cheating.  An unauthorized third-party program is any third party program or file (such as a “addon”, “mod”, “hack”, “trainer”, or “cheat”) that EA believes (i) enables or facilitates cheating of any type: (ii) allows users to modify or hack the Alpha Materials’ interface, environment, or experience in any way not expressly authorized by EA: or (iii) Intercepts, “mines”, or otherwise collects information from or through the Alpha Materials.  When you disconnect from the game server, these anti-cheat technologies will be deactivated.

If our systems detect cheating, we may collect relevant information, including your EA Account name, details about any unauthorized third party programs and the Alpha Materials files modification detected, and the time and date the cheating was detected.  If we determine you have been cheating, we also may terminate your participation in the Alpha Program and, in some cases, your EA Account.

10. Warranty

YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE ALPHA MATERIALS PROVIDED HEREUNDER ARE PRE-RELEASE PRODUCTS.  YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE ALPHA MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN ERRORS AND DEFECTS, AND ARE NOT FINAL PRODUCTS.  EA DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR THE ALPHA PROGRAM OR THE ALPHA MATERIALS. 

EXCEPT AS STATED ABOVE, ALL STATUTORY WARRANTIES AND PROVISIONS RELATING TO LIABILITY AND EXPORT RESTRICTIONS ARE SET OUT IN THE EA USER AGREEMENT.

11. Changes to this Agreement

If we revise terms affecting existing elements of the Alpha Program, these changes shall be effective thirty (30) days after we send you email notice. If we add new terms to the Alpha Program, these terms are effective immediately after we have sent you an email notice. Your continued use of the Alpha Materials means you accept the changes. Once you accept a version of the Agreement, we will not enforce future material changes without your express agreement to them. If you are asked to accept material changes to this Agreement and you decline to do so, you may not be able to continue to use the EA Alpha Materials provided.

12. Addendum

You MAY disclose the following information on online message boards, forums, video sharing websites or similar platforms:

1.      The fact that there is an official Alpha Program.

 

2.      The fact that you a member of the official Alpha Program.

 

3.      Screenshots, pictures, videos, or any other representations of content in the Alpha Materials.

 

4.      Your comments regarding the Alpha Materials based on your participation in the Alpha Program, including comments regarding the stability of the game, game features, game functionalities, and the game’s development.

 

However, unless explicitly permitted by EA, you MAY NOT share, publish, disclose, distribute, transmit, post or make available any other Confidential Information directly or indirectly to any third party, until EA publicly releases the product(s) or content you are reviewing.  For example, you may NOT disclose the following:

1.      Any contact or other information about EA personnel.

2.      Any contact information (e.g., addresses or passwords) to any private areas for use in connection with the Alpha Program.

3.      Any information from private boards or forums for the Alpha Program.

4.      Any information that would allow people who are not currently part of the Alpha Program to get access to the Alpha Materials.