Steam sales "cheapen intellectual property" says EA Origin boss

GIB:David DeMartini is Senior Vice President of Global Ecommerce for Electronic Arts, and that means that EA's much-maligned Origin digital distribution service is his baby. The service has had some difficult patches in its first year, and GamesIndustry International sat down with DeMartini at E3 to find out if things are getting better.

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Chuk52265d ago

Kinda like when you decided to make a carbon copy WoW and cheapen the star wars IP.

Aloren2265d ago

How does SWTOR cheapens the star wars IP ? It's a great star wars game.

Kamikaze1352265d ago

While I enjoyed it, it IS a carbon copy of WoW and it faces a problem as well - population due to an assload amount of servers. My server is lucky to see more than 200 people.

Aloren2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )

It may not be the best MMO, and it may be too close to WOW in some ways, but it's still a good star wars game. It doesn't cheapen the IP at all imo.

fermcr2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )

EA are a bunch of greedy bastards.

What about selling half games at full price? Isn't that a shitty way to make money ? Then selling the rest of the game in the form of paid DLC. More and more companies are doing that.

As for Origin, haven't used it since i stopped playing BF3.

EDIT: Note to anybody that's interested. Steam sales today: Far Cry 1 and 2, double pack for 4,98€.

GamingPerson2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )

Is CDProjekt greedy to?
"Online retailer claims that regular 80 per cent discounts, such as what Steam offers, damage perceived value of games"

I can understand from a gamers perspective they wish every game was $2. But from a developers view maybe they have a reason to think that way?

I think every game should be $40.

NYC_Gamer2265d ago

EA is just bitter and jealous because many of us prefer Steam over Origin

Godmars2902265d ago

EA is bitter and jealous because Steam actually works.

MAJ0R2265d ago

I agree with that, but I think there's more to it. They also seems very mad because they may start to lose sales for people who are patient and wait for the sales.

For example, I haven't bought any EA game that isn't on Steam, and I will continue not to buy them if they don't come to Steam. On top of that, I will never buy another EA game until it is heavily discounted. I know a lot of other people do that same thing as me.

pandaboy2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )


I'm another person who does exactly as you... it's almost as though you are me :/

I pirated ME3, just to see the look on EA's face :)

Fatty2265d ago

I completely agree with NYC_Gamer and Godmars290. The problems I've had with Origin make me less likely to buy EA games for my PC, much less buy them through Origin itself.

There's a reason Steam is used by so many, and while the awesome deals are part of it, it's because the service actually works.

v0rt3x2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )

Origin still won't make it onto my computer and I still haven't played Battlefield 3 and I won't be playing any Origin exclusives.

...and I simply don't care!

BiggCMan2265d ago

If you WANT to play Battlefield 3, and are just avoiding it simply because of Origin, that is silly. What harm exactly, comes from installing Origin simply for the one game? It's not like Valve will beg and plead for you to get rid of it, and never speak of it again. Of course, this point is moot if you have no interest in BF3, but your comment did kind of imply that you do want it.

v0rt3x2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )

I have little interest for both - but I'm also furious of EA pulling games off of Steam that have been there since the dawn of time.

BF3 is going to be next CoD in my opinion. Milking the franchise over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.

EA is way too much focused on "beating" CoD - and I'm not going to sit here financing their own personal company battle.

I'm here to play games!

There is much more interesting stuff out there.

BiggCMan2265d ago

Well that's what I meant, if you're not interested, then my point became moot. But for anyone aching to play the game, and not getting it simply because of Origin, I think it's silly. As for BF3 milking something, I think you couldn't be more wrong. Battlefield 3 is technical genius. The game play is optimized so well, it runs incredibly good. The graphical detail is astounding when running on a high end computer, and the dedication they are putting into all of the extra content and features with EVERY single update and DLC release in the next 12 months is very admirable. That is Dice's work however, and not EA. You seem to have a huge grudge against EA, do not blame Battlefield and Dice for it. The game is one of the best of it's kind.

atticus142265d ago

your exactly whats wrong with consumers... If you buy anything on origin whether you hate it or not...your voting in favor of Origin with your wallet which is the only damn that that matters to corporations.

Consumers can talk bad about origin all they want but it doesnt matter and will never change as long as they keep buying the games from them.

v0rt3x2265d ago

@BiggCMan - none of what you said has anything to do with EA soon milking the franchise whatsoever. I didn't say BF3 is a bad game. And I didn't blame EA or DICE for anything. It's their strategic decision to do what they please and it's your decision to buy their products or not. You've got it a bit wrong buddy.

All I'm saying is that EA will soon follow with milking its franchise as Activision has done with CoD.

And I'm not going to spend a penny of it.

I'm voting with my wallet.

BiggCMan2265d ago

I never said I hated Origin though :/ To me, I don't give a damn. It's just another platform for games, just much less than what Steam offers. I don't particularly like it's layout, or it's lack of features, but it doesn't bother me THAT much to the point that I will miss an amazing game like Battlefield 3. If i'm a terrible person for that, then smite me, I really don't care.

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Letros2265d ago

Lol! Publishers set the price of steam sales, not Valve.

v0rt3x2265d ago (Edited 2265d ago )

I think in the long run Origin will be a sinking boat that nobody wants.

It might not look like that now - but give it time.
Just look at the other online distributors.

Besides - do you really think going head to head against Steam is going to make people want to jump the Origin wagon?

I have over 300 games on Steam. I don't need Origin and even if I had 300 Origin games - I don't want to search both of them for the game I want to play.

Origin was simply too late. EA missed the digital distribution market boom. Simple as that.

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