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Origin client adding Twitch livestreaming

By Alice O'Connor, Nov 08, 2012 6:45am PST

Origin has done little to distinguish itself from other digital distributors, beyond hosting fewer sales and being required for newer EA games, but it's finally getting a feature the competition hasn't had for yonks. A coming patch will bring built-in livestreaming through T...

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"you know you dont have to wait for that. Just cancel the cloud sync."

- shinobidye7 see all 13 comments

Battlefield 1942 free on Origin to celebrate 10 year anniversary

By Andrew Yoon, Nov 05, 2012 10:15am PST

Electronic Arts has made classic FPS Battlefield 1942 free as a "thank you" to Battlefield fans.

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"so I have to get this today? cant procrastinate on making an origin account for another 4 years bleh"

- InfectedSoul see all 28 comments

EA games on Wii U to require Origin

By Steve Watts, Oct 23, 2012 1:30pm PDT

An updated policy document from EA confirms that you will need an Origin account to play EA games online on the Wii U.

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"I have to buy SimCity. I don't give a shit about anything else they have out right now or in the ..."

- Rehevkor see all 18 comments

Origin coming to Mac, adding achievements

By John Keefer, Aug 14, 2012 8:45am PDT

Electronic Arts is expanding Origin to more platforms, including Mac, Android and Facebook, while adding such things as achievements and free-to-play games.

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"Luckily nothing I care for uses it. Unless EA puts out System Shock 3 I can probably avoid it ..."

- Conan see all 27 comments

Origin client 9.0 revamps UI

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 17, 2012 8:15am PDT

The Origin client was in a sorry state when EA relaunched its digital distribution platform, but it has improved slowly. Thirteen months later, version 9.0 of the client is coming, and what can we expect from this revision? User interface changes, mostly.

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"sooooo.....because Valve does it better, Valve should be the only one doing it?"

- soundcreepy see all 40 comments

EA to go 100% digital, calls NPD 'irrelevant'

By Steve Watts, Jul 03, 2012 2:00pm PDT

EA Games president Frank Gibeau says the company intends to push into full digital distribution, and criticizes the NPD tracking data for being "irrelevant," since it doesn't give a full view of the market.

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"NPD also makes it a little more difficult to spin the numbers. Meaning big companies may prefer ..."

- ZenFri see all 8 comments

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