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Origin boss: Steam sales 'cheapen intellectual property'

By Alice O'Connor, Jun 06, 2012 11:40am PDT

The head of EA's digital distribution platform Origin has spoken against offering big discounts, as Steam does, because it "cheapens your intellectual property."

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"This is a month ago I know, but today EA have a Midweek madness sale on where Red Alert 3 is ..."

- BornAcorn see all 169 comments

Origin offers free 90-day distribution for crowd-funded games

By Steve Watts, May 18, 2012 9:45am PDT

Origin is offering to waive the first 90 days of distribution fees for any crowd-funded project, EA announced today.

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"it's probably on a per-game basis. I imagine some devs probably get better deals than others ..."

- DeBurgo see all 47 comments

EA revises Origin suspension policy

By Steve Watts, Apr 16, 2012 2:15pm PDT

EA has updated its Origin account suspension policy, allowing suspended players to access single-player content by going into offline mode.

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Origin signs on seven more publishers

By Steve Watts, Feb 03, 2012 10:30am PST

EA has announced seven more third-party publishers joining Origin's distribution channel, including Remedy Entertainment and Iceberg Interactive.

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"EA isn't competition :( EA buys competition and then runs their IP into the ground while they ..."

- AgentPothead see all 12 comments

EA Origin to expand social features, reach 'other platforms'

By Jeff Mattas, Feb 02, 2012 9:30am PST

EA shed some more light on its multi-platform strategy during its Q3 financial conference call for fiscal year 2012, including improvements for digital service EA Origin.

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"Things EA can do to trump Steam: Add ingame video capture to Origin. License fraps or ..."

- dabbs see all 5 comments

EA Origin has 9.3 million users, generates $100 million in revenue

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 01, 2012 2:30pm PST

Whether you like it or not, EA's Origin client is not going away any time soon. Launched as a director competitor to Steam, EA's PC storefront has gained significant momentum since its debut.

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"I was of the same opinion until they suckered me with Mass Effect 3. I'm tempted to wait and ..."

- rottdcorpse see all 56 comments

Origin signs up 11 more publishers

By Alice O'Connor, Jan 24, 2012 7:45am PST

Origin is now getting serious about being seen as a bona fide digital distribution platform, rather than a vanity project, signing up eleven publishers including CD Projekt RED, 1C Company, and Paradox Interactive.

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"And it took them this long to decide that? Yea, i'll stick with steam. The only EA game i'm ..."

- NinjaGamerGirl see all 79 comments

Mass Effect 3 PC requires Origin, unavailable on Steam

By Andrew Yoon, Jan 16, 2012 7:30am PST

Just in case you were wondering, Electronic Arts and Steam haven't made up yet. Mass Effect 3 is an EA game, and therefore will require Origin on PC, and will not be available for sale on Steam.

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"ME3 will probably still be an epic game, as such I'll buy it, play it (installing Origin ..."

- rottdcorpse see all 165 comments

Shack PSA: EA Origin hosting 'Green Monday' sale

By Steve Watts, Dec 12, 2011 8:30am PST

EA's Origin is offering a 40% off sale for Green Monday, bringing discounts to more than 200 games.

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"With their banning accounts for playing on modded servers and tying forum bans with entire ..."

- AurienTitus see all 13 comments

Analysts weigh in on Steam dominance, Origin growth

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 11, 2011 2:00pm PST

Steam is easily the biggest PC games portal on the web. However, can it maintain its success, especially with the growing number of competitors?

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"Origin and Impulse can't even be compared to Steam. Steam offers a lot more than Origin and ..."

- axiomatic see all 49 comments

EA's Origin digital service updated

By Jeff Mattas, Nov 09, 2011 6:15pm PST

A new update to EA's Origin service launched today, and we break down what's included in the patch.

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"I usually open origin from steam so I get the steam overlay. I think this latest origin patch ..."

- 65532l see all 14 comments

Origin third-party support begins with Saints Row, Batman

By Andrew Yoon, Oct 27, 2011 9:00am PDT

EA's Origin store will start offering third-party games next month. Electronic Arts had said that "forward-looking publishers" were looking to jump on board--those publishers include Warner Bros., THQ, and Capcom.

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"Well, among the tiny fraction of the customer base who actually give a shit. :)"

- ramshot see all 70 comments

EA says market has space for Origin, Steam, and others

By Steve Watts, Oct 03, 2011 3:15pm PDT

EA executives talk about Origin's place in the market, its perceived competition with Steam, and the trend of EA games being pulled due to Steam's terms.

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"Not even. You have to add your friends into Battlelog separately from what I've seen."

- silverback1138 see all 96 comments

EA Origin Terms of Service also prevents class action suits

By Steve Watts, Sep 26, 2011 8:30am PDT

EA own Terms of Service includes a clause that prevents binding arbitration, very similar to Sony's recently updated PlayStation Network TOS.

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"Hmm... I guess you can still sue them individually, just not as part of a class action lawsuit. ..."

- Nullzero see all 22 comments

EA's Origin reaches 4M client installs

By Steve Watts, Sep 09, 2011 12:30pm PDT

EA's Origin service has hit 4 million client downloads, and the company plans to expand the marketplace to include third-party content "very soon."

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"You can with a little bit of a workaround, at least with non-valve games. You can go into ..."

- YukiHinamori see all 76 comments