THE Sims Publisher EA has banned mods that are behind any form of paywall.
Paid mods have always been banned via the game’s terms of service, but recent changes have broadened the definition.
The Sims has an enthusiastic modding community – essentially hobbyist game developers who add fan-made content to existing games.
EA seems to want to crack down on people who modify the game, saying the only way modders can recoup development costs is through passive advertising and links for donations on their websites.
The Sims Terms of Service update states: “All users must be able to access the mods for free, regardless of donation.
“Mods don’t have to be commercial and distributed for free.
“Mods may not be sold, licensed, or rented for a fee, nor may mods contain functionality that would support monetary transactions of any kind.”
Many modders use creator support services like Patreon to earn money for their work.
Players who want access to a creator’s mods can then pay a monthly fee that allows them to download the software weeks before a free release.
The inclusion of the term “rented for a fee” has led some to believe that EA is now targeting the community that publishes content this way.
EA hasn’t clarified whether those offering early access to mods that will later be released for free will also be affected.
Previously, a Sims community manager said it was acceptable to offer players early access to mods for a fee.
However, since the terms of service have been reworded, many in the modding community are confused as to what this means for them.
Some modders have decided to pause Early Access until EA clarifies the changes.
If stricter policies are enforced, it could mean fewer mods for The Sims become available.
In addition, EA has also banned the use of official The Sims elements such as logos or promotional images to promote mods
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.