EA Origin: 'Our aim is to be a better version of Steam'

"EA says it wants its Origin download platform to be a better version of all the other portals on the market.

The firm’s senior VP of global ecommerce David DeMartini has also responded to Valve and Steam boss Gabe Newell’s criticism that Origin has yet to do anything ‘super-well’ – adding that he is delighted that the platform is now ‘part of the conversation.’", writes MCV.

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Solid_Snake372163d ago

Forcing people to use your service to play a single game is not a good start.

Ducky2163d ago (Edited 2163d ago )

Steam does the same thing, so they are not all that different in that regard.
(Go back to CS1.6 when Steam was new)

Actually, Valve doesn't even allow any other digital retailer to sell their games.

Real difference between the two is just that Valve is likeable, while EA isn't.

Ducky2163d ago (Edited 2163d ago )

^ I probably should've phrased my statement better. Valve does not allow other digital retailers to sell digital copies of their games.

You can order physical copies of Valve's games online (EA Store, Amazon, BestBuy, etc) but not digital versions of Valve's games.

Considering that the physical copies usually only contain a steam-activatable code (and maybe some pre-loaded files which require a heavy amount of patches), buying physical is just an inconvenient and more expensive method of buying those games compared against digital... with Valve being the only option if you want to buy digital.

MAJ0R2163d ago

True, Steam does have a sort of DRM (not really though) but you can still play offline once you purchase the game you want, which I assume is the same as Origin.

Valve just cares, so gamers care about Valve. EA should probably learn how friendships work...

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Linsolv2163d ago

Well just start offering semiannual sales of up to 75% off of almost every PC game and then you'll be sorta competitive a little bit.

noxeven2163d ago (Edited 2163d ago )

Hahah oh origin you will never be steam just go the way of impulse and just die. Give in and release bf3 on steam make more money and admit origin was fail

ChrisW2163d ago

However Impulse is phenomenally better than Origin...
It's almost sad to see someone comparing them as equals.

pompombrum2163d ago

Lol, well they are failing in their aim. I remember upgrading my PC in December and keeping an eye on both steam and origin sales.. the Origin ones were an embarrassment compared to steam.

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