A few days ago, EA sent a DMCA takedown notice to the host provider of Battlefield 3 fan site BF3nation.com. The DMCA was targeting BF3nation because they used Battlefield 3 artwork, which was quite interesting, seeing that many BF3 sites use BF3 artwork — including us here at BF3blog (e.g. the background image). EA originally released the artwork for this specific reason: for fan sites, clans etc., so it made little sense that they would try to shut down a site for using artwork EA openly supplied.
However, the real motive behind the shutdown attempt turned out to have little to do with artwork or images. EA tried to shut down BF3nation because the site was not only selling fake Battlefield 3 beta keys, but was also selling fake Battlefield 3 hacks — which is puzzling, seeing how BF3 hasn’t even been released.
In fact, it turns out that BF3nation’s “beta keys” are nothing more than a scam, run by the same person who was behind the infamous “battlefield3-beta.com”, a site which EA warned against. BF3nation also ran a fake “free voucher towards BF3″ in order to harvest user emails.
BF3nation hit back at EA, claiming it was a “slap in the face” for community sites. In fact, what BF3nation is doing is the actual slap in the face for community sites: running fake beta signups and promotional offers that do no exist. Not to mention trying to sell hacks for a game that hasn’t even been released. BF3nation is taking advantage of eager BF3 fans by offering fake promises of a BF3 beta in order to profit themselves.
While it’s necessary to BF3 fan sites to stick together, what BF3nation is doing hurts the entire BF3 fan site community and we at BF3blog distance ourselves from them and their actions.
Unfortunately, EA’s attempt to shut down BF3nation proved unsuccessful — the site is still selling fake promises of BF3 beta keys.