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EA's Origin service to link to mobile phones

Electronic Arts' Origin online service is apparently not just for the PC. Venture Beat reports that at a EA press event today the company revealed that the Origin service will also be accessible to mobile phone platforms as well. While Origin can let PC gamers purchase and download a number of EA published games, today EA revealed that you can sign into your Origin account from mobile phones using the iOS and Android operating systems.

Players will be able to check on their own gamer stats with the mobile platforms as well as the states of their Origin friends. You can also import your friends lists from the Twitter and Facebook social networking services into your Origin friends list. EA showed off a demo of the mobile version of its recent racing game Need For Speed 2 as an example. Origin will allow players to update their online leaderboads automatically using the Origins service after playing the game.

The demo also showed off two players playing the iPhone version of the pro soccer game FIFA in multiplayer. If there's an iPad around the two iPhone players can connect to the iPad and then the iPad can connect to a television set and show the the match between the two iPhone players on the big screen.

EA is putting a lot of effort into its Origin division. Earlier this week the company said that it still plans to allow EA games to be sold to other PC download sites such as Steam. However EA wants to have control of how updates and DLC packs for those games are handled and at the moment they have issues with Steam's owners Valve on how that will be handled with the Steam client.

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