Certain EA PC games with SecuROM and/or Solidshield digital rights
management technology allow users to concurrently "authorize" up to
a certain number of computers at the same time to play the games. Users
can then play the game on any authorized computer they choose. If your
EA PC game was released after May 2008 and has a machine authorization
limit, you can manage your computer authorizations using EA De-Authorization
Once de-authorized, a machine "slot" will be freed up and can be
re-used on another computer. De-authorization does not uninstall the
game, however, so if you decide you want to re-authorize your computer
later, all you have to do is re-launch the game while you are connected
to the Internet.
Game Specific De-Authorization Tools
To take advantage of the de-authorization tool, click the game you
want to de-authorize your computer for from the list below to download
the game-specific de-authorization tool or obtain instructions on using
the in-game de-authorization tool where available.
EA De-Authorization Management Tool
If you are not sure which games you have on your computer, certain EA
PC games released after May 2008 with machine authorization limits can
be found using the EA De-Authorization Management Tool. This tool: (a)
scans your computer to determine whether certain EA PC games released
after May 2008 with SecuROM machine authorization limits your computer
has been authorized to play; and (b) tells you how many computer authorizations
you have available for each detected game. If the tool detects games
authorized to play on your machine, you can then seamlessly click the
button "de-authorize this computer". This will initiate the download
of the game-specific de-authorization tool(s) or provide instructions
to use an in-game de-authorization tool to de-authorize your computer
for whichever game(s) you choose. Once de-authorized, a machine "slot"
will be freed up and can be re-used on another machine. De-authorization
does not uninstall the game, however, so if you decide you want to re-authorize
your computer later, all you have to do is re-launch the game while
connected to the Internet. Keep in mind that this tool can only detect
certain EA PC games with machine authorization limits. Check the list
of games above to ensure that there are no other EA PC games on your
machine that you would like to deauthorize.
To access and download the EA De-Authorization Management Tool, click
De-Authorizing Pogo Games
Some Pogo games use Product Activation technology. Product
Activation is a solution to authorize your legitimate application at
an online Product Activation Server. This process ties a unique
license to the machine you are using. Usually this is only
required at first launch of the application. Deauthorization is the
process of giving back a used license to the Product Activation
server. The precondition to successfully deauthorize is that the
game was authorized on the PC before and the license stored in the
registry is intact.
Your application has a limit of 5 simultaneous
activations. After an online activation on the Product Activation
server, the application can be used on this PC and four activations
are left for this serial number. In case this active license is
revoked, the application cannot be used on this PC any longer (until
a new online activation), leaving five activations for this
authorization key to be used on different PCs.
How can I deauthorize my application?
Product Activation provides two
possibilities to deauthorize your game.
- Deauthorize during uninstall: By uninstalling your game the license is given back.
- Command line instructions (for technical persons): Call the applications executable with the parameter "/revoke".
De-Authorizing PopCap Games
Some PopCap games use Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology.
DRM is a solution to activate a unique license for the application on your computer.
In most cases, your application has a limit of 5 simultaneous activations.
So, after one online activation, the application can be used on that computer,
leaving four activations available for use on other computers within your household.
Please visit the
PopCap Support Site
for more information on de-activating your application.
Need more help?
For more information on EA's De-Authorization Tools
click here. If you have questions or need help,
contact Customer Support.
End User License Agreements
To view the EA De-Authorization management Tool End User License
Agreement that governs your use of the tool, click
view the game-specific de-authorization tools' End User License Agreement
that governs your use of that software, click