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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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27. Re: Origin Woos Crowd-Funded Games May 19, 2012, 09:21 Wraith
 
WarpCrow wrote on May 19, 2012, 07:54:
I haven't had any problem with it. It's not as polished or functional as Steam is, but on a fundamental level it's no different. If you expect every developer to be an activist who agrees with you point by point or they're 'betraying' you, you're part of a demographic that's not even worth winning over. You want the developer to be as beholden to you personally as they currently are to the major publishers. At least they have money.
Christ. Your personal lack of problems with Origin is irrelevant. It's poorly designed and implemented and screws the customer experience.

Don't set up a straw man and expect me to respond to your bullshit. I'm saying that developers who ask gamers for money up-front, shouldn't be then trying to get in bed with EA and support their crap. Everyone knows that Origin is only used by those people who have to. IE: Anyone playing Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 or the Need for Speed tragedies. Nobody else installs that shit voluntarily, it's got zero advantage in the marketplace and considerable disadvantage.

No developer needs to set up on Origin to get sales. People will buy from Steam because Steam has market share and consumer confidence. Releasing your game on Origin is just trying to suck on the EA teat despite the fact that doing so fucks over your target market.

Given that Kickstarter projects are built upon faith and trust, you don't even think it's slightly relevant that developers should be doing what they can to build that trust - instead of jumping into bed with EA at the first opportunity?

Sooner or later, gamers will realise they're giving Kickstarter developers free money so the principles in the studio can sell the IP to EA and make a bunch of swag. When that happens, I imagine a few analyses will demonstrate just how foolish funding Kickstarter projects really is.
 
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