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EA All-in on Microtransactions

Develop reports on comments from Electronic Arts during a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference stating that the company is so pleased with its forays into the world of microtransactions, that they are bringing the support for these in-house, and that "all" their future games will feature microtransactions. "We are building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way; to get to a higher level," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. "And consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of business."

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21. Re: EA All-in on Microtransactions Feb 27, 2013, 10:52 Creston
Verno wrote on Feb 27, 2013, 10:44:
The games have to be packed a certain way to do this but the client does support it now. About half of my "now playing" library is installed to one SSD, the other half is on a hard drive.

But how stupid is it that the games "have to be packed a certain way?" It's still a shitty, clunky solution.

The community features in Origin are garbage and no one seems to use them so it's just a thing you have to have installed to use EA games rather than a functional, competitive client to Steam IMHO.

Look on the bright side. Because nobody uses it, it doesn't fragment the community either.

Of course this is how some people view Steam itself so *shrug*. Personally I get a lot of use out of Steams extra functionality and they have great deals on games, I've rarely seen any decent sales on the Origin store.

They have the Battlefield franchise for 75% off!!

It's a shame, EA has the resources to really make something out of it but as usual they are doing the bare minimum for that quarters financial statements.

Yeah, barely adequate / bare minimum are both apt monikers for EA.

Beamer wrote on Feb 27, 2013, 10:44:
Honestly, "barely adequate" sounds like high praise for Origin.

It makes sense that it's behind Steam. Perfect sense. Also makes sense that no one wants to use it for that reason.

Origin? I don't see any EA games that can carry the weight HL2 did at launch.

BF3 and ME3 helped them register a ton of people, but few of those people use Origin for anything else. I 'use' it because I have to use it to run ME3. Other than that, it serves no purposes, same as that retarded Ubi thing. They will never overtake Steam. EA isn't willing to do what is necessary to overtake Steam. Plus, let's be honest, if they ever looked like serious competition, Valve/Steam can easily outspend them if necessary. Steam will never just sit still while someone else tries to take over the #1 spot.

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