EA: Origin Will Be Good Someday

Kotaku has posted an interesting exchange with EA COO Peter Moore about Electronic Arts’ Steam competitor Origin. Moore acknowledges that not all has been perfect with the launch of their controversial service, but insists that the vitriol is dying down and that with “18 months to two years” to improve it, Origin will be a good experience for gamers.

Moore notes “If you go back and dust off the transcripts of when Steam first came out, it had the same reaction. People didn’t like it. You were obligated.” (Kotaku posts links to complaints about Steam from 2004 that back this claim up.) “They provided, over the years—to Gabe and the team’s credit—value to the gamer,” Moore says, but notes “Those first 12 months were very rocky.” This might be why he says “It’s one of those things where I would ask give us 18 months to two years.”

Moore also notes that a competitor to Steam is healthy, and to that we have to agree. Steam is a good service, but monopolies, even well meaning monopolies, are generally bad for everyone. And unlike Facebook’s doomed to fail adversary, G+, Origin can offer gamers access to things they can’t already get on Steam, namely EA games which aren’t available on Steam. With consistent service and enough decent games, it might prove to be a worthwhile alternative. That is of course assuming they aren’t still price gouging their customers in 2 years’ time.

The whole post is worth a read. In the meantime, what do you think, GameFronters? Are you willing to give Origin a chance or will it die like Google Plus almost certainly will? Let us know.

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12 Comments on EA: Origin Will Be Good Someday


On February 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

So far… I’d let it die. But yeah, competition is good, but only if the service is done well. A problem is that its EA.

And the point of EA games not on Steam is quite something. If not for Origin those games would be on Steam.

Origin is riddled with holes that Valve didn’t have with Steam.

Yeah, a lot of people didn’t like Steam when it came out and a lot of people still don’t. Today, its entirely different based on the fact that then digital downloading was something new and today its not.

The comparison isn’t exactly the same.

On top of that there are other digital download stores anyway.

Red Menace

On February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Feels more like a go at monopolization than competition to me.


On February 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I installed Origin so I could play the Crysis 2 demo and the Mass Effect 3 demo. It didn’t really bother me. No bugs or whatever when I tried either of those. It doesn’t shut off when you shut it off, but Steam is the same.

What does “user” mean when he says it’s “riddled with holes”?


On February 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

“What does “user” mean when he says it’s “riddled with holes”?”

Just a different way of saying it [Origin] has has issues that Steam didn’t have.

What I’m saying is that some of the holes are self inflicted by EA and others are created by time not being the same as when Valve first introduced Steam.

Ultimately, they have to deal with some different issues than Valve did so its not completely comparable.


On February 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Thats because the new has worn off BF3. Fewer people are using it so they are complaining less.

EA isn’t trying to break Steam’s monopoly in their perception. By limiting their games to Origin they are hoping they can force everyone to use their service.


On February 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

user; Origin & Steam are SO ALIKE! Any differences are so small as to be nominal.

I have steam, i didn’t want it and accidentally got 2 games that installed it for me… AvP and then Skyrim, that pissed me off but I rate both games so I had to live with it.
Since 2009 and onwards new games seem to all be linked to online in some way. So the only concern now for poor gamers having to manage loads of different online user accounts! (LIVE anyone?)

For that reason I am in NO HURRY to create yet another account, but If I want their games I will have to won’t I? So much for choice ha!


On February 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Vitriol here. Never plan on buying anything EA that requires it, period.

Origin as competition to any other service selling third party titles? LAUGHABLE! I’ve not seen anything from the EA Origin Store offered that compares to the on going and reoccurring Steam Sales, or Amazon Sales for that matter and probably never will.
Hopefully soon people will quit shopping for EA titles, and they can go the way of KMART/SEARS broke and bankrupt for all I care.

Hypocrite = “Moore also notes that a competitor to Steam is healthy, and to that we have to agree. Steam is a good service, but monopolies, even well meaning monopolies, are generally bad for everyone.”
Including = all those 10 year signed deals of exclusively monopolized sports titles/games to keep your competition from making them huh Mr. Moore? ING JACKASS!


On February 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Honestly, I’ve barely used Steam until late last year when Skyrim and Saint’s Row the Third ended up being integrated with it. I guess it keeps track of achievements, so I’ve grown to accept it. It was a problem when my son wanted to play Lego Batman on his computer and I wanted to play Skyrim on my computer and it wouldn’t let us log on to the same account simultaneously.

I’ve not used Origin much, but it worked well with the streaming demo for Crysis 2 and for the demo for Mass Effect 3. No problems at all. I hear it had problems with log on or something for Battlefield 3? I didn’t like the UI for the Store, but I haven’t looked at that for a few months so maybe they fixed it. Anyway, it seems this is the way things are going in the future, and I’m not going to boycott ME3 or any other EA stuff I want. Really it’s not that big of a deal.

I wish Origin and Steam would just shut off when I close them. I don’t know what the point of them moving to the tray is. Maybe they could do that if I minimize them, but if I close them, they should close. Having to close them twice or close them from the tray is annoying and I’m not sure what they get out of it.


On February 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

That’s what Microsoft said when the launched Games For Windows Live and KEPT saying over the years They tried in vain to relaunch multiple times, while investing the same lack of attention into that product each time. EA wanted Origin because they didn’t want to give Valve a cut into the DLC profits. Crysis 2 was removed from Steam because of that fact alone. Now every EA property will be locked into this platform all the while claiming to give customers “choice”.

How much profit did they lose because they went this route? How many people that would have bought BF3 and now ME3 now won’t because of Origin. Well, some will say not many because “Hardcore Gamers” have zero backbone. Well that is true, petitions fall flat, demands crumble, consumer rights are infringed upon with every EULA/TOS change because they won’t stand up to it. Practically like every other consumer group.

Well, no Triple-A Game is worth it to get me to skip over and use Origin and I doubt that 18 months will matter because EA is simply not Valve. The business practices and mindset is just not the same. If they want to get better, they will have to remove the predatory practices and revise their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service to remove the mandatory system scanning to sell data to 3rd parties. Furthermore, their customer service and consumer relations will have to improve. No more banning people from forums and locking them out of their entire library in the process.


On February 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

@ Jimjam

That’s pretty much what I said. There are people who don’t like Steam.

And I didn’t say that Origin and Steam weren’t alike. I said they are not completely comparable and when I say that it was being based on Moore’s statement of Origin being in the same state as Steam was when Steam first came out.

So we appear to be saying the same thing.


On February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

Cool. Yet we have dudes like Omega here who are willing to miss games like Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 just for the sake of principle, when in reality, using Origin won’t really affect their gaming experience in any significant way.

At least Origin hasn’t been hacked yet.


On February 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm


You said that, but because people not having principles (like you i guess) we get sh1ty mediocre games a let the likes EA decide “what we want” instead of asking for it.

Origin may have a future, EA may even lock all of they releases to Origin to push people to use it, but i’m pretty sure that a year from now they won’t beat Steam or even cut prices as they do.