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Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games

EA's Origin service can automatically find EA games on your system and add them to your Origin profile, reports Day One Patch, as a user reports finding a copy of Dead Space 2 purchased through Steam in their Origin account. In reporting this news, Joystiq has declared the process benign: "Origin is known to check out the file names on users' computers -- without reading or transmitting any private information back to EA, of course -- and it now uses that power to streamline your EA games lists. In other words, EA is using its power for good. And to better market its own titles."

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11. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 10:50 Burrito of Peace
 
As someone who doesn't have that instant "OMGEAWHARRRGBBBL" reaction, I've a hard time seeing how EA believes this will help them in the long term. I am already a Steam user simply because it is the most accessible and ubiquitous digital distribution platform. Steam, in terms of the carrot and stick model, seem to be a lot more biased towards the carrot by offering ridiculously awesome sale prices and giving away free titles.

EA, on the other hand, seems to be favoring "bludgeon the customer to death with the stick". For example, I was very much interested in Mass Effect 3. Now that I am forced to install Origin, yet another shaky digital distribution system that I do not want, as part of the process of installing the game simply means that EA will not be selling me a copy.

Why force me to do it? I am not interested in your platform, only the game that you are publishing. There is nothing about your platform that inherently makes the title that much more awesome. In fact, it seems like it'll be less awesome due to several added layers of complexity that did not need to exist in the first place.

I feel the same way about Ubisoft's products and their ridiculously crippling and anti-customer DRM scheme. As a company, they are free to publish their products in any manner they see fit. As a consumer, I am also free to not purchase those products.

I do understand that, in the short term, they're both telling their shareholders "See, we're preventing piracy!" I am sure that makes some 60+ year old investment codger who knows nothing about technology, and how easy it is to circumvent such DRM schemes, feel better and sleep like a baby at night.

However, to offer an ROI to those investors, you have to sell product to generate income. That's where I, the consumer, come in. I'm not going to be part of your income generation cycle if you're going to inconvenience me, abuse my property without permission, scan and acquire data while covering your ass with very gray language in an as-yet untested in court EULA and then treat me as a criminal that I have not yet proved myself to be.

Franchises run their course and no closed system is around forever. Ask Atari, Coleco or Amiga. I don't see how a business can constantly count on revenue from one market share to make up for losses in another and remain viably competitive and profitable. Especially when you know that cash cow market is ephemeral.

In 2010, there were 1.4 billion PCs on the planet*. Compare that to the projected 257 million consoles by 2015**. What are the margins for selling console titles versus PC titles sold over digital distribution? Probably much lower, I'd imagine, given the physical production costs, certification costs and those very expensive "development" consoles. It therefore stands to reason that you'd want to sell as many copies as possible to the PC market via digital distribution.

But you don't do it by starting your own competing service this late in the game. Especially if that service is less polished and offers less choices at higher prices than your competition. Microsoft learned this with Games for Windows Live. They learned it painfully in terms of lost good will and lost revenue.

So why, EA, are you making that same mistake? You know what's going to happen and believing that the Battlefield, Mass Effect and Star Wars franchises are going to pull you through is myopic. You'll exchange long term profitability and growth for short term monetary gains. You can't churn out quality titles of any of those three franchises to keep your service afloat. Your good will among the community that you started in has largely evaporated and with the horror stories that have come out of your development studios, it is unlikely that indie studios are going to leave Steam in favor of your service.


At any rate, EA has failed to provide me with a single compelling reason to use their service either instead of or along side Steam.

*PC numbers source

**Console numbers source
 
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