In the last 24 hours, the number of people with this issue has increased. In fact, it’s probably the number one question in the comments on various threads over the last 12 hours.

Honestly, I prefer writing about all the good stuff, but it seems that every time there’s a lot of great new free stuff, there are also a lot of great, new free glitches. The latest one is the game no longer registering that some players have earned their Expert Whacking License or recognizing a whacking ability of any kind when it comes to friends’ towns. In some cases, too, players have reported their Elite License simply returning to the premium store. Please note that most players are unaffected by this.

If this is your situation, please contact EA and let them know (through their help page or EA Answers). But, given that individual game repairs usually take some time, and this is something that will probably need a further game update, it may be best not to expect too much too quickly from this route. If you purchased an Elite License, I would also suggest approaching Apple or Google Play for a refund on an in-app purchase that wasn’t received.

In the meantime, there are two possible solutions. The first is to buy an (or another) Elite License. While this costs donuts, it will have you back and whacking snakes in friends towns immediately. The second route, for those who don’t want to spend (more) real money on something they already have, is to get an egg buddy. That way you don’t need to whack snakes, you can simply exchange eggs.

This is yet another glitch I really hope will be fixed soon.