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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.


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

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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."


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

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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.


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

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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.


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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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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