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THE BUZZ: At a conference today in London, EA CFO Eric Brown had two big pieces of news concerning his company’s recently-launched digital download service, Origin.

The first is a hint at the popularity of the service. At this point, the Origin client has been installed about 4 million times. Come the holiday season, “we except that number to climb substantially,” Brown noted.

Bigger news, however, is that while the origin of Origin was to create a platform for delivering EA’s own titles, the service will expand “very soon” to also feature games from third-party publishers. This move had been hinted at back in July, but as of today’s announcement, no solid list of which publishers may be coming to Origin was yet given.

EGM’s TAKE: Being that I’m not much of a PC gamer, the split that is growing between Steam and Origin affects me very little. However, I look at it in another way—Netflix. Recent news is hinting that Netflix’s streaming services may be in trouble as current distribution deals are running out, as the big media companies are contemplating taking their content to services that they create and control.

An idea, of course, that I hate. The splintering of how consumers get content may be good for those creating the content, but it’s almost always bad for those trying to enjoy that content. If I were more of a PC gamer, I’d want my library to stay in one place—and, up until now, the preferred place has been Steam.

Source: Gamasutra

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Mollie got her start in games media via the crazy world of gaming fanzines, and now works at EGM with the goal of covering all of the weird Japanese and niche releases that nobody else on staff cares about. She’s active in the gaming community on a personal level, and an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming, consumer rights, and good UI. Find her on Twitter @mollipen.

EA’s Origin set to soon expand beyond EA games, hits 4 million installs

At a conference today in London, EA CFO Eric Brown had two big pieces of news concerning his company's recently-launched digital download service, Origin.

By Mollie L Patterson | 09/9/2011 08:17 AM PT

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THE BUZZ: At a conference today in London, EA CFO Eric Brown had two big pieces of news concerning his company’s recently-launched digital download service, Origin.

The first is a hint at the popularity of the service. At this point, the Origin client has been installed about 4 million times. Come the holiday season, “we except that number to climb substantially,” Brown noted.

Bigger news, however, is that while the origin of Origin was to create a platform for delivering EA’s own titles, the service will expand “very soon” to also feature games from third-party publishers. This move had been hinted at back in July, but as of today’s announcement, no solid list of which publishers may be coming to Origin was yet given.

EGM’s TAKE: Being that I’m not much of a PC gamer, the split that is growing between Steam and Origin affects me very little. However, I look at it in another way—Netflix. Recent news is hinting that Netflix’s streaming services may be in trouble as current distribution deals are running out, as the big media companies are contemplating taking their content to services that they create and control.

An idea, of course, that I hate. The splintering of how consumers get content may be good for those creating the content, but it’s almost always bad for those trying to enjoy that content. If I were more of a PC gamer, I’d want my library to stay in one place—and, up until now, the preferred place has been Steam.

Source: Gamasutra

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About Mollie L Patterson

view all posts

Mollie got her start in games media via the crazy world of gaming fanzines, and now works at EGM with the goal of covering all of the weird Japanese and niche releases that nobody else on staff cares about. She’s active in the gaming community on a personal level, and an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming, consumer rights, and good UI. Find her on Twitter @mollipen.