EA Offers Free Origin Distribution For Crowd-Funded Games

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT
 

EA Offers Free Origin Distribution For Crowd-Funded Games

image

Electronic Arts is doing its part of make life easier for crowd-funded game developers.

Game development is an expensive business, even for small indie titles; just ask the guys behind Star Command if you don't believe it. Every dollar counts. So to help relieve some of that pressure, EA is now offering 90 days of free distribution on Origin for any complete, crowd-funded game.

"The public support for crowd-funding creative game ideas coming from small developers today is nothing short of phenomenal," said Origin SVP David DeMartini. "It's also incredibly healthy for the gaming industry. Gamers around the world deserve a chance to play every great new game, and by waiving distribution fees on Origin we can help make that a reality for successfully crowd-funded developers."

Yes, EA is the Evil Empire and I'm aware of all the many complaints about Origin, but this is still a pretty fantastic move. 90 days isn't a huge stretch of time but it's a window during which most games will make the vast majority of their money and by passing up on it, EA is giving up on potentially significant sources of revenue. It gains some solid PR for Origin in return, but good PR for doing a good thing seems okay to me.

Wasteland 2 and whatever Jane Jensen comes up with at Pinkerton Road will both take advantage of the Origin offer, but any "fully-funded, complete and ready-to-publish games designed for digital download to PC platforms" are eligible. If you've got one and want to find out more about how it all works, hit up origin.com/publishing for details.

Permalink

Great news ... Provided they stopped Origin from scanning all your files.
They did do that, right?

Oh no, never mind, it's EA. Lets see how editorial policy goes this time.

PingoBlack:
Great news ... Provided they stopped Origin from scanning all your files.
They did do that, right?

Oh no, never mind, it's EA. Lets see how editorial policy goes this time.

They stopped scanning private files they only scan hardware now your midget scat porn is safe.

PingoBlack:
Great news ... Provided they stopped Origin from scanning all your files.
They did do that, right?

Oh no, never mind, it's EA. Lets see how editorial policy goes this time.

I got ninjad, but yeah, what Rolfwesselius said.

OT: Clever, very clever!

With one swift move they have ensured any kickstarter projects that take advantage of this that I chose to buy after the fact instead of funding will be purchased through Origin to make sure the developers get the full price of my purchase!

Yeah now WE'RE the ones who are going to have to pay for it.

rolfwesselius:
They stopped scanning private files they only scan hardware now your midget scat porn is safe.

Funny how your mind works, isn't it? :)

If they removed that scanning from Origin and the EULA, good. Too bad they took 3 months of people complaining about privacy to do it. So yeah, I'm sure EA put their customer's privacy first ...

But I'm sure your attempt to insult me as a poster painted EA in better light now.

I await reveal of the fine print that says those games will be Origin exclusive.

Um... I hate to whip out such an overused phrase, but I'll just leave this here...
image

If those Kickstarter projects I support start force funneling me into the corporate DRM machine like Origin and Steam then why should I bother helping them at all? I'm sick of being a paying customer only to get treated like a thief anyway.

Did you say EA?

Cynic mode... activate!

...

Hmm.

Ohh, ohh, I see. They're trying to push their demonic digital distribution platform down our screaming throats by piggybacking on the whole kickstarter craze while scoring PR points in the process.

I'm onto you and your diabolical plans, EA!

. . .Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, " Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I 've always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice;
I'm sure you're very welcome -- will you please to take a slice?"
"Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind Sir, that cannot be,
I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!" . . .

I wonder what kind of contract these developers have to sign to get this "free" deal. At any rate, this is the smartest thing I've heard out of EA in a long time.

No matter what EA do or already have done, the people who refuse to use Origin now will never be convinced to use it. So can we not have this "EA takes all my info they are evil" "no, they changed that months ago" "my privacy is super important I'm not risking it" back and forth exchange and just sit in our corners, pretending that the other guys don't exist? No, alright then.

That said, while this is all amazing and all and props to EA for doing this, they still need to fix origin to accomidate this. No-one will know about these games since the front page is just cluttered with EA published games and next to nothing else. And no indie games at all. To compare, steam has 16 indie games on it's front page. Origin has absolutely none. Free Origin distribution is worthless if no-one knows about them.

No matter how good this seems on the surface, this being EA i just bet theyre using this to facilitate some other scheme. And not just getting people to get Origin, which is pretty evil in itself.

Oh look EA is being nice... wait... oh no!
image

OT: There is something behind this. EA isn't doing this to be nice to kickstarters. I cant place my finger on it but there is something wrong here.

EDIT: Its a joke. I know its a good business move to get kickstarters online and people to use Origin. People need to lighten up.

http://tor-talk.com/storm-preparation/

Let's see how BioWare fare after mayor success of their last project in few months, one year.
Then we can ponder how a small indy developer would in similar situation.

EA did a nice thing.

Up is Down.

Left is Right.

Conservative is Liberal.

Actually, scrap that last one.... stupid coalition goverment.

OT: So this was unexpected. Can't wait to find out what the razor blade in this particular candy floss is.

Captcha: Card-Sharp.... apt.

This is how I interpret every message EA has made since developers stopped needing publishers and gamers stopped wanting their shit.

PingoBlack:

rolfwesselius:
They stopped scanning private files they only scan hardware now your midget scat porn is safe.

Funny how your mind works, isn't it? :)

If they removed that scanning from Origin and the EULA, good. Too bad they took 3 months of people complaining about privacy to do it. So yeah, I'm sure EA put their customer's privacy first ...

But I'm sure your attempt to insult me as a poster painted EA in better light now.

They did it within 3 days of people complaining about it

I'm still not using the damn thing, if I wouldn't put it on for bf3 then I'm not putting it on for anything.

Regardless of our personal feelings about Origin, can we not agree that this is (until we have actual evidence otherwise) that this is a very solid thing to do for indie devs? Origin has 12 million users worldwide, a number that's only going to grow. That's a huge potential audience for someone trying to get a small, niche project off the ground.

getoffmycloud:
They did it within 3 days of people complaining about it

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-11-01-ea-denies-origin-spying-on-battlefield-3-users

You mean 3 days after they got in trouble with German law, after ignoring general public's doubts for months?

I want to believe that EA have it in them to dedicate themselves to this simple trade of money for PR, without any fishy business.

But I have the strong feeling that somewhere down the line studios will be harmed, an innocent-looking line from the fine print will justify it, internet boards will explode, and we'll be chewing on the topic of "indie developer entitlement" for quite a few months.

Andy Chalk:
Regardless of our personal feelings about Origin, can we not agree that this is (until we have actual evidence otherwise) that this is a very solid thing to do for indie devs? Origin has 12 million users worldwide, a number that's only going to grow. That's a huge potential audience for someone trying to get a small, niche project off the ground.

Absence of evidence is not evidence to the contrary.

We can remain neutral, but claiming it is good thing without any developer using this offer successfully is pure paid marketing for EA's Origin.

Since your article is overwhelmingly positive of EA, it is only fair someone warns about the not so savory practices that are related to EA's Origin, I hope.

MortisLegio:

EA isn't doing this to be nice to kickstarters.

Well of course not. Businesses don't do things just to be nice.

What EA would get out of this:
- good PR (and they could use a lot of it)
- potential dev customers - i.e. the developers who do this who might have avoided Origin in the first place
- potential retail customers - i.e. people who might use Origin to support those developers more and stick around for other stuff
- probably some other things

Is it possible that EA has some extra evil motives behind this? Uh I guess, but it's pretty silly to think that they do just because they're EA when there are some pretty clear non-evil advantages they would already get out of it.

Fr]anc[is:
I await reveal of the fine print that says those games will be Origin exclusive.

That's kinda what I expect to find, but hillariously, you can't even see the small print on the site, you need to leave your email, phone number, and name, and they'll "get back to you".

Does anyone know (factually) how EA Origin deal compares to what Valve offers for indy devs?

I find that badly lacking in the article, reason why EA offer is better than Steam or Impulse.

Well, until we actually see any contract in place suggestion something dubious this can only benefit the devs.

Unless EA puts something in that takes their rights to the IP or a huge chunk out of the sales they'll be able to use that money to get a sequel and the numbers to show other Publisher studios just how well their products sold so they won't have to rely on Kickstarter.

Hmmm, either EA is genuinely doing a nice thing or simply trying to gain back some of their image. Either way indie devs win I guess.

PingoBlack:
Does anyone know (factually) how EA Origin deal compares to what Valve offers for indy devs?

I find that badly lacking in the article, reason why EA offer is better than Steam or Impulse.

valve offers what origin offers after the 3 month window a % of each sale. Although i wouldnt know what percentage for either company.

Being market leaders they can afford to be pretty lazy about these sorts of things, and since their in the habit of outright buying good small companies and letting them get up to shenanigans i think they get enough good cred.

PingoBlack:

getoffmycloud:
They did it within 3 days of people complaining about it

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2011-11-01-ea-denies-origin-spying-on-battlefield-3-users

You mean 3 days after they got in trouble with German law, after ignoring general public's doubts for months?

Well that isn't true I remember the original messed up EULA being discovered by a user on this site and it being changed shortly afterwards.

Knowing EA this is just suspicious. I smell an exclusive contract simmering under that "hey, it's free" agreement. Meaning, a public, crowd-funded project would suddenly become, in function, part of EA's catalog. Also, on the one hand EA never takes the risk of pushing any new ideas (except new ways to nickle and dime customers) and on the other hand EA would somehow end up like the 'good guy' for all the fresh air coming in through the crowd-funded movement. Yeah, nope, not buying it. The fact that a lot of people have had to resort to Kickstarter funding because of business practices like EA's adn that now they want a part of the action does not sit right with me.

Sounds to me like EA are just trying to one up their competition (Steam) again who have been focusing on indie games a lot more of late.

Andy Chalk:
Regardless of our personal feelings about Origin, can we not agree that this is (until we have actual evidence otherwise) that this is a very solid thing to do for indie devs? Origin has 12 million users worldwide, a number that's only going to grow. That's a huge potential audience for someone trying to get a small, niche project off the ground.

No, they don't have 12 million users. At least 2/3 of those are only on it because they were forced. They are not "users".

Nice move, EA!

 Pages 1 2 3 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here