Yesterday some Origin users noticed that a few EA games they'd previously bought through other distributors -- Steam, mostly -- were automatically added to their Origin games list. EA has confirmed that it is testing out a feature to add older games to users' Origin libraries, but that it doesn't snag the games by accessing anyone's computer.
"At no time was any information on your computer accessed, all of this information was obtained directly from our game registration records," a statement from EA reads. Most likely the transfer is made via the email address users register their EA games under, though EA's statement, which you can read in full below, doesn't clarify directly.
"A few of you noticed some of your older EA games showing up in your Origin My Games library over the past few weeks and I wanted to clear up any confusion. We tested a feature that in some cases made your older games show up in your Origin My Games Library. At no time was any information on your computer accessed, all of this information was obtained directly from our game registration records. Hopefully we didn't cause too much confusion for anyone. We'll be sure to come back and share more information about this feature as soon as we can.
"Meanwhile, if you do want to activate and download older EA games to your library, we have a tool that allows you to do this. Just go to Activate and enter your registration code. Not all games are supported at this point, but we're continually working to make older titles available. For more information on this service, as well as a list of games that are currently available for activation, see Code Redemption FAQ."