EA's Origin passes four million downloads; now to include third-party games

Electronic Arts pulled titles from Steam, including the hotly-anticipated multiplayer shooter Battlefield 3, before rebranding the EA Store. Named ‘Origin’, the new version of the software was famously panned for the rather dubious terms of use, which suggested that the company would be harvesting some data about the machines it was installed on, before selling the information to third-parties. On August 24th, the End User License Agreement was edited to make it sound less questionable, though some gamers have still made their opinions heard. With claims that they would refuse to play Electronic Arts games that use Origin, the company appears to have relented slightly, revealing that Origin will not be offering Electronic Arts titles alone.

As Gamasutra reports, the service will offer third-party titles, as well as Electronic Arts’ own games. The new actions, confirmed by EA’s CFO, Eric Brown, bring the service more in-line with other digital distribution options, such as GoodOldGames and  Direct2Drive. At a UBS conference in London earlier today, Eric Brown had the following to say:

"Initially, Origin is set up to deliver EA games, but very soon, we'll be delivering third-party content to Origin."

Following this news, he added further information, saying:

“We have about 4 million installs of the client, we expect that number to climb substantially as we enter this ... holiday season."

His mention of the ‘holiday season’ is not surprising, as EA readies its barrage of titles in time for Christmas. Historically this has included a new Need for Speed title, and this year is no exception, with Need for Speed: The Run, as well as Battlefield 3. Arguably their biggest game at present, Battlefield 3 has been hailed by some parts of the gaming fraternity as a “Call of Duty killer”. Whether this is accurate or not remains to be seen, but it shows the faith that some gamers have in the title, and therefore the likelihood of more installs for EA’s Origin.

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Not a fan of origin, I tolerate steam because of there more more down to earth drm, but with origin don't use game in a year you no longer have access, but the terms of service allows them to scan your entire hard drive, etc.

I do like competition, and steam has already started to do initial improvements I feel as a direct result of origin.

etempest said,
Not a fan of origin, I tolerate steam because of there more more down to earth drm, but with origin don't use game in a year you no longer have access, but the terms of service allows them to scan your entire hard drive, etc.

I see you've swollen the Steamtard pill. (no offense)

No, EA won't remove your games from Origin, no matter for how long you do not log in. And that ToS stuff you speak of is actually in the EULA, in which they are generalizing things to protect themselves from legal action.

Seeing that Origin has less DRM than Steam, and it works better / faster, I welcome this move.

KavazovAngel said,

I see you've swollen the Steamtard pill. (no offense)

So he likes a service you don't, that means you can call him names? Nice.

KavazovAngel said,

I see you've swollen the Steamtard pill. (no offense)

No, EA won't remove your games from Origin, no matter for how long you do not log in. And that ToS stuff you speak of is actually in the EULA, in which they are generalizing things to protect themselves from legal action.

Seeing that Origin has less DRM than Steam, and it works better / faster, I welcome this move.

It's amazing how many people don't understand the difference between an EULA and ToS. With Origin, it doesn't have to be running to play the games installed using it either. When a game is downloaded through Origin it's just an executable that runs and installs the downloaded game, you can even choose to keep the executables after the game has installed.

The only reason it scans your hard disk is to find existing EA games you have installed, so it can add them to the Library within Origin.

I thought i'd also add, again, that Origin accepts Steam CD-Keys for some EA games, NFS Hot Pursuit is the latest one I tried and it worked.

Edited by neo158, Sep 10 2011, 3:58pm :