He Broke Anthem’s NDA

Anthem is currently in the middle of its close Alpha, emphasis on closed, which means it’s in its earliest stage of public availability. In order to play, EA smacked all participants with a strict NDA that warns against public discussion or publication. One streamer didn’t get the memo. Well, he did, but he ignored it.

As soon as whispers of Alpha server instability hit the public sphere, producer Mikra Darrah took to Twitter. He kindly reminded testers that their NDA agreement was in effect, and as far as I know, no one else was hit by an EA Origin ban. Not like the aforementioned streamer.


The streamer in question started up the game on Twitch, where a few viewers probably believed they’d receive an exclusive first look at the current Anthem build. However, publisher EA quickly caught wind of the act and brought the hammer down. Hard. After an adjustment on the publisher’s backend, the streamer’s game crashed. When he tried to reestablish connectivity, he discovered that his entire EA Origin library of games was gone. Gone, I say. If we consider the actions EA can legally level against NDA breakers, he got off easy.


Of course, the new transgressor wasn’t the first to break an NDA, and probably won’t be the last. Prior to the launch of Fallout 76, another user broke NDA when he leaked footage from a stress test. Although Bethesda decided not to gut him, Microsoft, who hosted the first stress test, was not so kind. Hopefully, content creators will keep these stories in mind before attempting to breach a contract.

SOURCE: GearNuke