The Community Test Environment (CTE) is a PREMIUM Membership access Battlefield 4 environment where involved players can help us test new features, improved/changed content and experiments that aren’t yet (and may never be) ready for public release.
WHY DO WE HAVE THE CTE?
We want to open up our development process to our players, get feedback earlier and keep improving the Battlefield experience. The earlier we can get player feedback and full 64 player servers testing our latest features - the better off we’re going to be.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
With regular intervals a new CTE-initiative will be posted by our developers as a news-item. Usually this initiative controls which servers are up and running, and what game-modes are available to play at any given time. Since we need to simulate the retail environment as much as possible and need telemetry from full servers - the number of servers available will be limited. We will use the CTE Forums to gather feedback and suggestions during an active initiative - posting follow ups and comments to design & feature decisions as we go.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
First, you need an active Battlefield 4 PC-account with PREMIUM. Then you need to register using your existing Origin login. Once registered, you download and install the CTE client from Origin - and you are all set!
BATTLEFIELD 4 Community Test Environment (“CTE”)
1. Scope of Agreement
In order to participate in this Beta Testing Program for BATTLEFIELD 4 Community Test Environment, you must read and accept the terms of the agreement below. Please read the BETA TESTING AGREEMENT closely.
THIS BETA TESTING AGREEMENT (“AGREEMENT”) DESCRIBES THE TERMS BY WHICH ELECTRONIC ARTS OFFERS YOU ACCESS TO AN ACCOUNT (THE“ACCOUNT”) TO PLAY A PRE-RELEASE PRODUCT BEING DEVELOPED BY OR FOR EA, CURRENTLY KNOWN AS BATTLEFIELD 4 COMMUNITY TEST ENVIRONMENT (THE “GAME”), SOLELY AS PART OF THIS BETA TESTING PROGRAM (“BETA PROGRAM”).
If you reside in the United States, Canada or Japan, this Agreement is between you and Electronic Arts Inc., 209 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065, USA. If you reside in any other country, then this Agreement is between you and EA Swiss Sàrl, Place du Molard 8, 1204, Geneva, Switzerland; registered in the Geneva Companies Registry with Company Registered Number: CH-660-2328005-8 (for details of our VAT Registrations please click here). In this Agreement, the term “you” means you the customer; and the terms “EA,” “we,” “us,” and “our” means either Electronic Arts Inc., or EA Swiss Sàrl, whichever is applicable to you.
BY PRESSING THE “I ACCEPT” BUTTON, YOU HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT AND BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT EVERY TIME YOU ENTER OR RE-ENTER THE GAME. Under no condition should you install or use the Game unless you have first pressed the “I Accept” Button and agree to the terms of this Agreement. If you do not agree to the terms of this Agreement, do not install or use the Game. You acknowledge EA has provided you enough time for reviewing the terms and conditions of this Agreement before your acceptance.2. Revised Terms
EA may revise this Agreement at any time by providing an email notice to you describing such revision. Revisions to terms affecting existing elements of the Beta Program shall be effective thirty (30) days after we have sent you email notice. Terms for new elements of the Beta Program are effective immediately after we have sent you an email notice. If you do not agree to the changes, you should stop using the Game and terminate your participation in the Beta Program.3. Beta Program Participation Requirements
EA has established the Beta Program to, among other things, allow a limited number of people to give feedback and comments to EA regarding the Game (including any versions thereof) as well as to test, at EA’s sole discretion, the features, capabilities and performance of any other software or materials as may be provided by EA as part of this Beta Program (the “Beta Software”). Collectively the Game and Beta Software are referred to as the “Beta Materials” in this Agreement.
In order to participate in the Beta Program, you must agree to the following provisions:
(A). You acknowledge that the Beta Program shall run from the time you install, copy, download, access or otherwise use the Beta Materials, and shall end upon the expiration of the Beta Program, unless otherwise extended or terminated unilaterally by EA at EA’s sole discretion. Furthermore, EA may, in its sole discretion for any reason and at any time during the Beta Program terminate your participation therein without any form of compensation due to you whatsoever for this termination.
(B). You acknowledge that the Beta Materials will run in a test environment and that accordingly, EA may, in its sole discretion, and without notice to you, (1) modify or eliminate game-play features, game-play modes, and/or game-play achievements; (2) modify, reset, or erase your game-play progress, game-play achievements, characters, character data, and/or any other value or status indicators achieved through game play; and/or (3) modify the hours during which you have access to the Beta Materials during the Beta Program, at the next Beta phase (if applicable), or upon expiration of the Beta Program.
(C). You represent and warrant that you are eighteen (18) years of age or older, and are not a principal, employee, agent, independent contractor, officer or director of a developer or publisher of video or computer games (other than EA). You further represent and warrant that you are not a principal, employee, supplier, independent contractor, officer or director or of any entity that participates either directly or indirectly in the sale of in-game items, including but not limited to, items, attributes, abilities, etc., whether these sales are to the general public or to a third-party. IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE, YOU MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE BETA PROGRAM WITHOUT YOUR GUARDIAN’S CONSENT.
(D). You acknowledge that by participating in the Beta Program, and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, EA is providing you the Beta Materials (which constitutes the sole and sufficient consideration for this Agreement) and that EA has not made any other promises, whether express or implied regarding any other form of consideration for your participation in the Beta Program. You represent and warrant that you are entering into this Agreement on a completely voluntary basis with no expectation of any form of compensation whatsoever other than what is expressly provided for in this Agreement.
(E). You agree that your participation in the Beta Program does not constitute an employment Agreement or offer of such an agreement, between you and EA and that EA does not ask and/or require you to work a certain number of hours, shifts, etc. as part of your participation in the program and that your participation in the program is strictly voluntary and done solely for your personal enjoyment; and, further that EA expects you only to use your leisure time to participate in this program, and does not expect you to forego other activities, including gainful employment, during the time you spend participating in this voluntary program.
(F). You agree that EA is not providing you with any hardware to run EA’s software or connect to EA’s servers.
(G). You agree that while the role you will play in helping EA develop better software is helpful; it does not constitute a critical or vital role in the development of the Beta Materials such as to entitle you to claims of ownership or rights to receive any other compensation of any kind for your participation.4. License Grant
In the event that you receive the Beta Materials from EA, you are granted the revocable, limited right to install the Beta Materials onto a single computer for the sole purpose of evaluating the Beta Materials as permitted under Section 5 below as part of the Beta Program. You may not use, copy, modify, sell, lease, rent, distribute, transfer or disclose any part of the Beta Materials except as provided in this Agreement. All other rights are reserved to EA.4.1. License Restrictions
You shall not:
a. Sublicense to, transfer, distribute or permit use of the Beta Materials by, any third party;
b. Reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the Beta Materials;
c. Export the Beta Materials in violation of the export control laws of the United States of America and other countries.
d. Share your Account with any third party.5. Testing and Evaluation Obligations
You hereby agree to perform all of the following obligations in connection with this Beta Program: (a) to test, evaluate and analyze the Game and specific aspects of it as identified by EA to you; (b) to test, evaluate and analyze other Beta Software (if applicable) and its operation, features, capabilities and performance; (c) to comply with the reasonable requests of EA from time to time regarding testing; and (d) to provide feedback, analysis, suggestions and comments to EA (including, but not limited to, bug reports and test results) as reasonably requested by EA, or as otherwise voluntarily provided by you (collectively, “Feedback”).
Further, it is understood and agreed to that as part of the Beta Program, you are expected to suggest changes, improvements, additions to the Beta Materials as well as to provide analysis of the Beta Materials and their features and that any such material provided to EA in any form whatsoever, including but not limited to email, text messages on message boards and/or oral become the sole property of EA. The foregoing materials shall be deemed Feedback as such term is defined above.
Please note, it is understood and agreed that, as part of your participation in the Beta Program, it is your responsibility to report all known bugs, abuse of bugs, “undocumented features” or other defects and problems related to the Game and Beta Software to EA as soon as they are found (“Bugs”).
ALL OF YOUR FEEDBACK SHALL BE THE SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF EA AND/OR ITS LICENSORS OR LICENSEES, AND YOU HEREBY ASSIGN ALL OF YOUR RIGHT, TITLE AND INTEREST IN THE FEEDBACK, AND ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS RELATED THERETO TO EA. WITHOUT LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING, YOU AGREE THAT EA AND/OR ITS LICENSORS OR LICENSEES SHALL HAVE THE PERPETUAL AND IRREVOCABLE RIGHT TO USE, MODIFY, AND OTHERWISE EXPLOIT ALL OR PART OF YOUR FEEDBACK OR ANY DERIVATIVE THEREOF IN ANY MANNER OR MEDIA NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER DEVISED WITHOUT ANY REMUNERATION, COMPENSATION OR CREDIT TO YOU. You hereby waive any rights to the Feedback or any remuneration for the Feedback. EA shall have the right (but not the obligation), at its sole discretion, to credit you for the Feedback and you hereby grant EA a license to attribute such Feedback to you.
You acknowledge that feedback concerning users’ experiences with the Beta Materials effectuates the purpose of this agreement and improves the Beta Materials. Accordingly, you agree that, notwithstanding any selections you may have made previously to decline receipt of information or email communications from EA or its subsidiaries or affiliated companies, we may contact you by email or another means to solicit your feedback concerning your experiences with the Beta Materials and about other transactional matters regarding your obligations under this Beta Agreement and your participation in the Beta Program.
You hereby represent and warrant that you have right to enter into this Agreement and the assign and grant the rights set forth herein, and that any Feedback which is provided by you hereunder is original work made solely by you and does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights.6. Personally Identifiable Information; Monitoring; Consent to Use Data
To facilitate Technical Protection Measures (if any), the provision of software updates, any dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including marketing, advertising and online play (if any), you agree that EA and its affiliates may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including an Internet Protocol Address and hardware identification), operating system and application software and peripheral hardware. EA and its affiliates may also use this information in the aggregate, in a form which does not personally identify you, to improve our products and services and we may share anonymous data with our third party service providers.
Your participation in the Beta Program, and the grant(s) of license(s) herein, may be terminated by EA at any time, for any reason or for no reason, in EA’s sole and absolute discretion, by providing written or emailed notice to you. You may, at any time and for any reason or for no reason, terminate your participation in the Beta Program by providing written or emailed notice to EA. The termination of your participation in the Beta Program however, shall not modify or supersede the survival provision in Section 13.1 below. Upon termination of the Beta Program or your participation in it for any reason as provided herein, all license rights granted hereunder shall terminate immediately.8. Confidentiality
8.1 Confidential Information Defined
“Confidential Information” shall mean (a) any and all information relating to, contained in or relayed through the Beta Materials and the Beta Program, including, without limitation, information relating to (i) the performance, capabilities and contents of the Beta Materials, (ii) your Feedback, (iii) any other Beta Program participant’s Feedback, (iv) any EA employee’s feedback and comments, and (b) any and all information relating to the future or proposed Games, services or business operations of EA. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, please review Addendum B below for a list of examples of Confidential Information. The list in Addendum B is not exhaustive and is provided for reference and example only.8.2 Confidentiality Obligation
You shall keep the Confidential Information in confidence and shall not publish, disclose, distribute, transmit, post or otherwise make available, directly or indirectly, any Confidential Information to any third party except as otherwise expressly set forth herein. You shall use best efforts to safeguard and to prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of the Confidential Information, unless otherwise expressly authorized in writing as provided in Section 9.3 below. Your obligation to keep the Beta Materials confidential will continue until EA publicly distributes, or has otherwise disclosed to the public through no fault of yours, each of the Game product(s) and the content that you are testing.
It is understood and agreed to that at the request of EA, you shall return to EA any and all copies of the Beta Materials, in any format, delivered to you for review. The return of the Beta Materials shall not affect your Confidentiality Obligation.8.3 Permitted Disclosures
You may disclose the information that is specifically identified in Addendum A, if any, on online message boards, forums or other similar venues in accordance with the restrictions set forth in Addendum A and this Agreement. Said restrictions are to be applied no matter whether the venue is open to the general public or with access that is regulated and/or restricted. EA reserves the right to amend Addendum A from time to time upon written notice to you. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, you shall not make any false statements to anyone about EA, its licensors, this Beta Program, other participants in the Beta Program, or any EA products or services, including the Game and Beta Software.
You may further disclose the Confidential Information in accordance with a judicial or governmental order; provided, however, that (a) you give EA prompt written notice of such order so EA has opportunity to seek a protective order or other appropriate remedy to such order, prior to disclosure and shall comply with any applicable protective order or equivalent, (b) you provide EA with all reasonable assistance in opposing such required disclosure or seeking a protective order or confidential treatment for all or part of such Confidential Information, and (c) you disclose only such portion of the Confidential Information as is either permitted by EA or required by the court, tribunal, governmental agency or other authority, subject to any protective order or confidential treatment obtained by EA.9. Ownership
Except for the revocable, limited license(s) expressly granted hereunder, EA retains all right, title and interest in and to the Beta Materials and all copies thereof, and all game character data in connection therewith. The Game and any other Beta Materials provided hereunder are copyrighted and are protected by United States copyright laws and international treaty provisions. You acknowledge that EA and/or its licensors own all intellectual property rights in and to the Beta Materials, including, without limitation, all patent rights, copyrights, inventions, trade secret rights, trade dress rights, trademark rights and intellectual property rights therein and thereto. You may not remove the copyright and other proprietary rights notices from the Beta Materials. You agree that this Agreement shall be retained with all printed and electronic copies of the Beta Materials and documentation constituting the Beta Materials. You agree to prevent any unauthorized copying of the Beta Materials. Except for the revocable, limited license(s) as expressly provided herein, EA does not grant you any express or implied right in any patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secret information of EA, and/or its licensors. In accordance with Section 5, you agree that EA and/or its licensors or licensees own all right, title, and interest in any and all of your Feedback, without any remuneration, compensation or credit to you. To the extent that any of the rights assigned herein cannot presently be assigned under applicable law, you agree to assign such rights at such time as the rights are capable of being assigned. You agree at EA’s request to execute such further documents and to do such further acts as may be necessary or desirable to document, perfect, register or enforce EA’s and/or its licensor’s ownership of any of the rights, title and/or interests hereunder, in whole or in part including, without limitation, execution of a copyright assignment in a form provided by EA in its sole discretion. If you fail or refuse to execute any such documents, you hereby appoint EA as your attorney-in-fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest and is irrevocable, to act on your behalf and to execute, deliver, record and file such documents. The rights granted, assigned and/or to be assigned by you hereunder are granted for the entire universe and shall inure in perpetuity, and, as set forth above, no further consideration shall be payable to you at anytime in connection therewith. You will acquire no right to use, and will not use without EA’s prior written consent, the names, characters, artwork, designs, tradenames, copyrighted materials, trademarks or service marks of EA or its parent, related or subsidiary companies, employees, directors, officers, shareholders, assigns, successors, licensors or licensees: (a) in any advertising, publicity, marketing, promotion or on any website; or (b) in any manner other than in accordance with this Agreement.10. Relief
In the event that you violate any of the terms set forth in this Agreement or in the Beta Program Code of Conduct as embodied in Addendum C, you hereby acknowledge that EA, in its best business judgment, may remove your access to the Beta Program as well as subject you to any legal remedies that EA may take.
Further, you acknowledge and agree that a breach or threatened breach of Sections 3-8 of this Agreement will cause irreparable injury, that money damages would be an inadequate remedy and that EA shall be entitled to ex parte injunctive relief without bond, to restrain you, from such breach or threatened breach. Nothing in this Section shall be construed as preventing EA from pursuing any and all remedies available to it, including the recovery of money damages from you.11. Indemnification
You (a) agree to indemnify, defend and hold EA harmless from and against all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, expenses, and costs (including, without limitation, reasonable fees for attorneys and expert witnesses) which result from any breach or alleged breach of any of your covenants, representations, warranties or obligations herein, and (b) hereby release, EA and its direct and indirect parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and sister corporations, and their respective officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any losses, liabilities, claims, obligations, costs and/or expenses (including reasonable legal fees) which result from, arise out of or in connection with the use of the Beta Materials and/or your participation in the Beta Program.12. No Warranty; No Liability For Damages; No Support
12.1 No Warranty
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE GAME AND ANY BETA SOFTWARE PROVIDED HEREUNDER ARE PRE-RELEASE PRODUCTS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE GAME AND BETA SOFTWARE MAY WELL CONTAIN ERRORS AND DEFECTS AND ARE NOT FINAL PRODUCTS. THE GAME AND BETA SOFTWARE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT EA HAS NO OBLIGATION TO MAKE THE GAME AND BETA SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FOR PLAY WITHOUT CHARGE FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME, NOR TO MAKE THEM AVAILABLE AT ALL.12.2 No Liability for Damages
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, EA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANYONE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES FROM ANY CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE GAME, OR OTHER BETA MATERIALS PROVIDED HEREUNDER, WHETHER ARISING IN TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE. IN NO EVENT SHALL EA’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO YOU UNDER THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED FIFTY US DOLLARS (US$50.00).12.3 No Support
EA does not provide any support for the Game and Beta Software. However, EA may provide an e-mail address and/or a private message board for you to send any questions and/or comments regarding the Beta Materials. EA does not, however, make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of any statements or advice provided in response to your e-mail(s) and/or board postings.13. Miscellaneous
The provisions of Sections 1 through 11 shall continue in full force and effect even after (a) the Beta Program has been terminated or completed and/or (b) your participation in the Beta Program has been terminated.13.2 Governing Law; Jurisdiction
The laws of the State of California, excluding its conflicts-of-law rules, govern this Agreement. You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or dispute with EA or relating in any way to your participation in this Beta Program or your use of Beta Materials in the courts of Northern California and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of Northern California in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving EA or its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, contractors, officers, directors, vendors and content providers.13.3 Severability
If any provision of this Agreement shall be held invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, such provision shall be modified to the minimum extent necessary to make it valid and enforceable, and the validity and enforceability of all other provisions of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby.14. Entire Agreement
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties hereto relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior oral and written and all contemporaneous oral negotiations, commitments and understandings of the parties, except for the Terms of Service and Game Membership Terms as defined in Section 1 above.ADDENDUM A
1. The fact that there is an official Beta Program for the Game.
2. The fact that you are a member of the official Beta Program for the Game.
3. Any information/discussions/postings from the private boards or forum for the Beta Program.
4. Post or distribute any screen captures, pictures, videos, podcasts, screenshots or any other representations, known or unknown, of any content in the Game or other Beta Materials.
5. Any comments regarding the game based on your participation as a Beta Tester.
6. Any details regarding the stability of the Game or the Game servers.
7. Any comments or discussions on new features or other new functionalities in the Game or other Beta Materials.
8. General comments about the Game’s overall development.ADDENDUM B
1. Any contact/private information for EA personnel that is provided to you.
2. Any contact information (address, password, etc.) to any private areas for use in connection with the Beta Program, including but not limited to, chat, email and message boards.
3. Any comments/information that would allow people who are not currently part of the Beta Program to get access to the Beta Program or Game through either legitimate or illegitimate means.
4. Any comments on any aspect of the Game or other Beta Materials not covered by Addendum A above.ADDENDUM C
BETA PROGRAM CODE OF CONDUCT
1. That you are privileged guests on this system and as guests, we expect you to exhibit common courtesy to all EA personnel as well as other members of the Beta Program. EA (“we” or “us”) will exhibit the same courtesy towards you.
2. You will be helping us shape the Game into a great product and we value your comments/insights/etc. However, that is not a license to be rude, nasty, demanding or generally unreasonable. Please remember that we will be dealing with a lot of people and, as such, a lot of differing opinions regarding what is right or wrong with the game. Just because we don’t agree with you doesn’t mean we don’t value your continued input.
3. We need your feedback. Your access as a beta tester for the Game is not a free ride we expect something in return and that is your help.
4. When posting messages about the game in our private message boards or when sending email, please try to be as professional as possible. Repeat the facts as accurately as you can and without undue emotionalism. Saying things like “This game sucks because I lost my character when I did something that crashed the game” is not helpful. If you like something, don’t hesitate to tell us. By the same token, if you do not like something or think that something can be improved don’t hesitate to tell us that as well. You will never be banned, punished, taken to task, etc. for speaking your mind in an open, honest and professional manner. Honest, well thought out criticism is as valuable to us as are suggestions or praise.
5. Before posting messages publicly about the game outside the EA boards, please be sure you are adhering to the confidentiality terms of this Agreement and the instructions in Addendum A and Addendum B above. Provided that you are expressly permitted to disclose the information as provided in Addendum A, we do not mind if you say things that are critical about the game but remember that we still have a long way to go. We do not expect you to be mindless shills for EA or for the Game but neither do we expect you to trash the game just for the sake of trashing it.
6. If requested by EA personnel to help test an aspect of the game, please cooperate. The sooner we work things out, the sooner the game goes LIVE.
7. Vulgar expressions, coarse language, abusive behavior, verbal harassment will not be tolerated either towards EA personnel or other beta testers. The use of such language, whether or not you consider it in-character, is not acceptable, whether you use it in casual and public speech, ‘private links,’ contacts or even in a character’s name.
8. Part of beta testing a product is the responsibility to report all bugs to EA. Abuse of ‘bugs’, ‘undocumented features’ or other such things will not be tolerated. It is the responsibility of all players to report all problems, errors or bugs in the game to EA as soon as they are found. The continued use of such is contrary to EA policy as such bugs/errors can damage and delay the completion of this beta test.
9. You will not behave in any manner that is contrary to the ‘spirit of the game’ as defined by EA in its sole discretion.
10. You will not represent yourself as an officer or employee, sub-contractor or somehow being connected with EA, EA’s Licensors or the Game.
11. You acknowledge and agree that your communications with other users, beta testers or EA via chats, conferences, bulletin boards, and any other avenues of communication within the Game or as part of this Beta Program are public and not private communications, and that you have no expectation of privacy concerning your use of this Game and participation in this Beta Program. You acknowledge that personal information that you communicate within the Game or in connection with this Beta Program may be seen and used by others and result in unsolicited communications, therefore we strongly encourage you not to disclose any personal information about yourself in your public communications within the Game or the Beta Program. EA is not responsible for information that you choose to communicate to other users within the Game or the Beta Program, or for the actions of other users.
12. In the unfortunate event that a player has engaged in unacceptable behavior, said player will be treated accordingly. EA in its sole discretion, reserves the right to terminate the player’s access to the Beta Program and/or the Game immediately and without further notice.