EA pokes fun at Steam through Origin sale

EA's Origin service has long had green eyes pointed straight at Steam, with dreams of one day being as popular as the dominant digital download platform. Its latest stab at the Valve run service, is on the main page of the Origin site. Alongside some box art from a few different games, it says: "70 per cent off games you'll actually play," referencing the fact that 40 per cent of all purchased Steam games are never played.

Clicking the picture sends you through to the store page, where discounts on games like Mass Effect 3, BF3, Sims 3, Mirror's Edge, Bulletstorm and a bunch of other titles are awaiting you.

There's actually a lot of games there, some of them pretty damn good, but it is odd to see EA doing such big sales, since for a long time it made a thing of saying it wouldn't discount games and that by doing so Valve was devaluing the gaming market. Many others would agree with that sentiment, since it's clear a lot of people don't buy games at launch anymore but wait for a few months to get the discounts - something that can kill a multiplayer game quite quickly by capping its players.

That said, Origin is doing some things that Steam isn't, such as offering game returns on EA published titles if you don't like them. GoG does something similar, giving you a specific window after release or booting the game to do so.

EA also gives away AAA games from time to time "on the house," though Valve would need to release more games for that policy to make sense.

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Honestly who gives a crap if

Honestly who gives a crap if nobody plays the games they buy on Steam? Almost every game that is available through Origin is also available on Steam (besides the utter failure that is SimCity), so what does that tell you? The FACT is that Origin is a bloated piece of failware just like that *******uPlay service from Ubisoft. Let all the casual gamers use Origin and meanwhile I'll be with the rest of the 94% that use Steam. Also **** you Michael, you ******.

Makes me laugh how there are

Makes me laugh how there are users on here saying things about Steam being ****, yet most if not all of those same people are probably using it more often than Origin. Not to mention that within the last month or so, most of those people probably bought one or more games on Steam instead of Origin. ---- And as for Origin buying out Steam, Shouldn't you really be saying EA buying out Valve? ---- I mean, it is EA that owns Origin and Valve that owns Steam is it not? ----- And when was the last time you heard of Valve looking to sell Steam? Never? --- What about EA looking to sell up the company and all of its assets? Last year wasn't it? -------- If all the Steam nay-sayers are actually looking to be taken seriously, then at least make your opinions based on facts instead of speculation. ---- At least you won't look as stupid as you already do.

Pretty sure, and don't quote

Pretty sure, and don't quote me on this, but I think Blizzard Activision currently own Valve and Steam and last time I checked they were both doing pretty well with the WoW and CoD francises although in somewhat of a decline now but then so is the battlefield series.

laughing

EA also gives away AAA games from time to time "on the house," Ew.... Battlefield 3, which is a 3 years old game and.. Plant vs Zombie. I see ONE AAA game in this. Steam gave away L4D2 last christmas, Civ5 last year and Red Orchestra 2 recently along a few others I forgot but no.. EA is so much more generous.. it's nowhere the world worst company in the world (voted 4 years in a row) and they respect their customers all of a sudden, it has nothing do to with trying desperately to gain market shares. Their games are top quality without bugs and they support them a long time after release unlike Valve (laugh). I hope they payed you for this article.

yep

ea is ok if you fancy being franchised to death and paying top dollar everytime you either want to play the same tired game mechanics over and over again year in year out. Me personally? i draw the line at paying top dollar every year for a patched game that does nothing for me

Weak move

This is actually a petty move on EAs part. I have no real problem with any of their games (no more than most other games companies) but this is just juvenile and makes them look weak and stupid. i believe challenging steam is good for gamers, but but this is not how they should go about it.

How's it petty or make them

How's it petty or make them look weak? you make no sense lol, and challenge steam in what? they don't make anything besides a low rate 3rd party program which no real gamer uses, cry some more tool lol. Origin = USA, Steam = Canada. And you're just being Jim Carey crying that Americans are to proud saying we're number 1.

I tend to agree with you that

I tend to agree with you that steam is bad, it was just "inb4" styles, I boycotted origin though because I didn't want to help perpetuate the idea that every publisher should have their own distribution program as I view it as bloatware and there are like 20 publishers out there imagine having 20 superfluous programs on your computer for each game you wanna play.

I tend to agree with you that

I tend to agree with you that steam is bad, it was just "inb4" styles, I boycotted origin though because I didn't want to help perpetuate the idea that every publisher should have their own distribution program as I view it as bloatware and there are like 20 publishers out there imagine having 20 superfluous programs on your computer for each game you wanna play.

lol get owned

Quality vs quantity, any game purchased via Origin is top notch, 95% of games on steam is crap user made junk, and hashed remakes of old aaa titles. Origin will buy out steam eventually.

nice

My thoughts exactly, see everyone knows Origin will buy out steam. Steam is the Kmart of the world, what do they produce? nothing, they just offer what others make, third party garbage warehouse lol

Lol. Steam will always out

Lol. Steam will always out class Origin because the main thing about Steam is that at least the top title releases are reasonably priced. -------- EA has had a long history of ripping customers off and their Origin service shows this the best. ---- Digital Deluxe editions, which are the biggest rip off's of all, are so excessively priced on origin that its akin to them laughing at you while you foolishly input your card details to buy whatever piece of broken **** they want to sell you. ----- At least with Steam you get a more deals than Origin actually has games listed. ---- Maybe EA should take a long look and maybe they won't be considered the worst company for this, or next year.

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Not sure how people who buy games and choose not to play them, should really affect Steam at all. I have several games i'v bought or gotten for free and have not played yet due to either losing interest or having no time. Not exactly a statistic to make fun of since Steam got what they wanted which was a customers money.

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