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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.


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

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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?


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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."


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

- YukiHinamori see all 76 comments

Battlefield 3 Origin free game offer has ended [Updated]

By Steve Watts, Aug 15, 2011 11:45am PDT

Through August, pre-orders of Battlefield 3 will net a free coupon code for Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 2, or Medal of Honor.


"I just finished chatting with someone from Origin Live chat. I asked him why I hadn't gotten the ..."

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EA: Inactive Origin accounts won't be deleted

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 04, 2011 7:45am PDT

That mysterious part of Origin's terms of service saying EA could delete accounts left idle for two years? Nothing to worry about, EA says. No accounts with games will be deleted, only those left maliciously idle.


"If I'm not mistaken, that's a boxed copy, that's like saying you buying Starcraft from GameStop ..."

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Origin can cancel idle accounts, Terms of Service reveal

By Steve Watts, Aug 03, 2011 11:15am PDT

The Origin Terms of Service includes a previously-unnoticed bit, claiming that 24 months of non-use results in the expiration of entitlements and the possible cancellation of an account.


"speaking of Origin , can someone tell me how to prevent it from starting on boot?"

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Origin courting 'forward-looking' third parties

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 26, 2011 5:45pm PDT

EA's controversial digital service, Origin, will be expanding its offerings beyond the publisher's games. EA CEO John Riccitiello told investors at a conference call today that "forward-looking publishers" have been asking to join the service.


"I agree...hell they could probably release it as $10 DLC and people would buy it if there is a ..."

- sasquatchxing see all 129 comments

EA Steam keys can be activated through Origin

By Steve Watts, Jul 21, 2011 10:45am PDT

Steam keys for certain EA games work to activate their Origin counterparts, though some older titles aren't so lucky.


"But Steam gave and give benefits to users and developers.... Origin doesn't give any real ..."

- Longgshot see all 60 comments

Steam not listed among Battlefield 3 digital retailers

By Steve Watts, Jul 11, 2011 8:45am PDT

EA's list of digital retailers for Battlefield 3 omitted Steam over the weekend, raising questions of whether the anticipated shooter will appear on Valve's service.


"time for BF3 ? That's a silly statement , stop playing the other game when BF3 comes out and ..."

- RuskiSnajper see all 166 comments

EA: Crysis 2 pulled from Steam over DLC

By Alice O'Connor, Jul 07, 2011 7:15pm PDT

EA has explained why Valve pulled Crysis 2 from Steam, while also revealing a little more on its plans for Origin.


"what evidence? EA has a history of being douchebags, valve does not. that is the only evidence ..."

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EA explains Origin exclusives

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 28, 2011 4:45pm PDT

EA has a long way to go before it can convince the masses to switch to its new digital storefront, Origin. It plans on winning gamers through exclusives, like Star Wars: The Old Republic.


"Yes, and Steam was at the forefront of digital distribution, the situations are not the same. ..."

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