Icewind wrote on Jan 15, 2012, 13:54: Bet you feel dumb now.
Not nearly as dumb as you yet but it does indeed look like I was mistaken about the 3rd party involvement. Might have to do with me being in Europe and if I launch Origin I only see EA games and no 3rd party games in their online store so maybe the 3rd party push hasn't arrived here yet.
Still my point remains: Anyone who believes that EA is seriously giving a crap or trying to seriously compete with Steam is fooling themselves. They may be trying to annoy Steam a little like a mosquito crawling up the ear of the elephant but there is no way that EA is all of a sudden trying to get serious about the PC business. The money is on the consoles for them. Always has been, always will.
If EA would be serious about this all you'd see them break into this market niche much more aggressively with massive discounts and major 3rd party support but that ain't happening.
No, Sir. This is purely strategical. The intention is not to compete with Steam and to build up something of their own but more to prevent Steam from becoming even more monopolistic. Origin is like a minor preemptive strike. It's only meant to divert and redirect business from Steam to Origin. Business that is probably very small scale compared to EA's other console centric divisions.