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Origin Woos Crowd-Funded Games

EA announces it will waive its distribution fees on Origin for crowd-funded, "ready-to-publish" downloadable PC games for 90 days after launch. They offer quotes from prominent Kickstarter projects praising the move. "Crowd-funded projects are like the 'people's choice awards' -- a way for gaming fans to express what they want to buy and play. It's great to see a big publisher like EA acknowledging that and opening up distribution opportunities for these games," says Jane Jensen, President, Pinkerton Road. "I have had a long relationship with EA and it is great to see them recognize and support the crowd-funded games model," said Brian Fargo, CEO, inXile Entertainment. "Having Origin waive their distribution fees for 90 days for fan funded games is a major economic bonus for small developers. We look forward to bringing Wasteland 2 to the Origin audience."

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33. Re: Origin Woos Crowd-Funded Games May 19, 2012, 13:31 theyarecomingforyou
 
I don't have a problem with Origin per se, I just object to the business practices of EA. It's the reason I haven't bought Battlefield 3 or Mass Effect 3, even though both look like decent games - it's not because of Origin but because of their boycott of Steam. Yet I was happy to buy Diablo III and Starcraft II because they're not available on ANY digital distributor apart from Battle.net, Blizzard's own service - they didn't discriminate against Steam, they just chose to use their own service.

In terms of KS projects, I honestly have no problem with any project selling or distributing their game through Origin as long as it isn't exclusive. It's the same with Steam - even though a lot of KS actively promote the Steam connection they also offer it through other DD services or DRM free entirely. Although I consider Steam to offer added value there are many people that feel the exact opposite.
 
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