In a recent earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed that, due to the successes of Origin Access on PC and EA Access on Xbox One, the publisher plans to expand its subscription programs to more platforms.
“Our subscription player base continues to grow, and you should expect us to continue driving this model to more platforms going forward,” Wilson said.
While Wilson avoided naming any specific platforms, PlayStation 4 seems like the obvious choice considering the size of EA’s library of games already available on the console and the publisher’s current lack of commitment toward the Nintendo Switch.
Origin Access and EA Access have in recent years become a much larger part of EA’s business model, which is mostly due to the fact that not only is the number of subscribers rising, but that Access is a good way to drive EA’s “live services” like Ultimate Team. According to Wilson, while revenue for other subscription services like Spotify and Netflix is capped by subscription fees, interactive entertainment has this new thing called microtransactions that can further drive revenue.
Not only does EA want to expand its subscription services to other platforms, but it seems to be looking into establishing a streaming service as well, if comments by EA CFO Blake Jorgensen during the same earnings call are any indication.
“And then streaming, ultimately there’s a lot of opportunity there,” Jorgensen said (via Seeking Alpha). “It may be a few years down the road still. But that, plus things like subscription or live services, go together very well. And you can imagine that we are spending a great amount of time, both in our technology world and in our games development on how games would operate in that kind of an environment.”
The success of EA Access and Origin Access is surely due in part to the quality of titles available through the service. In fact, both recently added some of EA’s top-selling games, most recently DICE’s Battlefield 1, while giving early access to DICE’s other big upcoming shooter, Star Wars Battlefront II.